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Full text of "Variety (February 1941)"

MUSIC 



STAGE 




Published Weekly at 164 Wert 40th Street, New York, N. T.. by, Variety. Inc. Annual aubscrlptlon. tlo. Single copier It cent* 
Entered as Becond-claaa matter December 22, IMS, at the Poet Office at New Tork, N under the aet of March I. 187». 



COPYRIGHT, 1M1, BI VARIETY, INC. AIX RIGHTS RESERVED. 



VOL. 141 NO. 9 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1941 



PRICE 25 CENTS 







Musk Tonsent r 



The big Joker In the BMI consent decree Is thai It doesn't go Into 
force and ''effect' unless ASCAP signs the same paper, and since there's 
a. disposition now by the Society towards a 'per performance' basis, 
that's a big new' headache lor . the picture peope. How the 'per per- 
formance' will effect fllmuslcals playing cinemas Is a major . worry. 

The picture companies Jong favored the blanket ASCAP agreement 
since it cut away conslderabe red tape on publlo performance and 
exhtb contracts. Now,, should the. music men, as a Whole, accede to 
any Governmental decree for a 'per performance' payment, that must 
entail much additional bookkeeping and 'other changes. This despite 
the film companies' blanket renewals, With ASCAP. Just, before the. 
first of the year. .V.*.' 

Many of the 'rank-and-file musle publshers. Incidentally; are veering 
to the idea that, maybe the per-performance. Idea will work out to 
their addltipnal benefit. It might curtail some of the Insiders and 
. vet board members, but It could mean much more to those music men 
whose works are generously performed on an open competitive basis. 





Everything Goes, From 
Wide-Open Gambling to 
Parisian-Style Niteries and 
Greenwich Village Sex 
Misfit* 



RESORT OVERBUILT 



Hollywood, Feb. 4. 

Louella Parsons' deal with Life- 
buoy (Lever Bros.) for « half-hour 
chow with film stars struck a snag 
when the Screen Actors Guild at a 
meeting Monday night (3) refused 
clearance for the program and in- 
structed screen players to decline 
appearances unless such refusal im- 
perils their contractual relations 
with their, studios. William Esty, 
agency on the account, had con- 
tracted for the Friday 10-10:30 p. m., 
EST, spot on CBS with the series 
■lated to start around April 1. 

SAG contends that 'free: talent' 
■hows of this type tend to depress 
the actor's value to radio. It also 
tends to deprive screen and . radio 
actors of work at. their regular rates 
of compensation. Under, the Guild's 
rule No. 6, members are barred from 
giving free performances on the air. 
Also that acceptance of an amount 
of compensation so far below the 
member's usual standard! as to 
amount , to evasion of this rule is 
(Continued on page 52) 



' Rounds Out Yr/s 
London Run; 32 Weeks 
In Underground House 

Despite the Nazi air raids, 'Gone 
. With the Wind' this week is* rounding 
out 52 weeks of playing time in Lon- 
don, engagements including, runs in 
the Palace, Empire and Ritz. Latter 
house is the current showing. 

Reason tor the phenomenal 'record 
U largely traceable' to the wider- 
, ground location of the Ritz theatre. 
Gone* is now in its 27th week in this, 
house on the present engagement (it 
Played, five weeks there at the out- 
let), and its uninterrupted run is 
because the theatre is regarded as a 
Virtual air-raid shelter; 
-Main auditorium is situated two 
ml nights below the street level 
»nd is known as the safest theatre 
*n London in time of air raids.. 



Deanna's Thantom' 



'Phantom of the Opera,' made by 
Universal twice before in 1925 and 
1920, appears to be on the way for 
another remake by the company. 

It would be considerably rewritten, 
however, to make a Deanna Durbin 
starrer of it. Lon Chaney starred 
in the original. 



Taxi Dancers 




For Soldiers 



St. Louis, Feb, 4. 
./■■■' A taxi: dance hall in a canvas tent 
has been erected at Devil's Elbow, 
Mo., for the benefit of the draftees 
who are trickling: into nearby Camp 
Leonard Wood and residents of 
Pulaski. County are In the midst of 
boom days. The promoter of the 
dance hall recruited his hostesses 
from St; Louis via ads in all local 
.(Continued on page 63) 



Ecclesiastic Show Biz 



Detroit, Feb. 4; . 
'..' As if bingo games weren't bad 
enough,, the churches, here have now 
gone 1 into more direct competition 
with the. picture houses. During the 
past weekend one church was offer- 
ing Cecil; B. -DeMille's 'King, of 
Kings,' at -no admission, but with a 
collection taken, while another was 
offering as its film attraction Armand 
Denis' 'Wheels Across India,' 

On top of that there were three 
church plays in town and Edgar A. 
Guest, newspaper poet; was speaking 
in still another church as an added 
attraction. 



By ABEL GREEN 

Miami, Feb. 4, 
This Is the wide-openest town in 
America. Everything goes. 

This winter resort capital, always 
a- more or less liberal segment of 
Americana, seems to have pointed 
everything for 1941 on making it a 
cross-section of rue Blondel, Paris' 
notorious sector; Greenwich Village 
(with its assorted sex misfits); . Reno, 
with its wide-open gambling, al- 
(Continued on page 20) 



£ B. Shaw Burns By 
Proxy (Via Pascal) At 
Brushoff on War Short 




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London's Theatre Toll 



: London, Feb. 4. 

The following West End theatres 
have been hit by bombs to date, all 
more or less made Unsafe for use: 

Hippodrome, Seville, Strand, 
Queen's, Coliseum, Drury Lane and 
Phoenix. 




Burning because a war message to 
the. American people by George 
Bernard Shaw, which he had filmed, 
has not been released in this coun- 
try, Gabriel Pascal arrived in , the 
United States Monday (3). British 
producer termed the one-reeler 
'more valuable than anything I have 
ever made before or will ever 
make.' He declared his intention to 
get to the bottom of what was hold- 
ing up its release. 

Stalling the distribution of the 
film, which has been in the hands 
of United Artists for several months, 
(Continued on page 53) - 



FILM VERSION MAY WIND 
UP TOBACCO' ON B'WAY 



Radio Pay Tuts 



Decision will likely be madelthis 
week by Hormel on whether it will 
exercise the option It has on the 
services of Burns and Allen. A Hor- 
mel official is due in New York be- 
fore the current week ends to dis- 
cuss, with B.B.D. & O., agency on 
the account, the proposition of re- 
newing B & A . or buying a sub- 
stitute program. 

Bums and Allen's Initial 39-week 
contract expires the end of March. 
The option requires that they be 
taken on for another 39 weeks, and 
be given . a $2,000 raise in salary. 
Act's present package deal calls for 
$12,500 net; with the account taking 
care of the William Morris office's 
commission. 



Michael Todd, basing his plans on 
the signal success of his 'poor man's' 
monster beer hall in Chicago bear- 
ing his name, is laying the ground- 
work for a chain of such spots In 
key cities all over the country. He 
claims It's the answer to a vaude- 
villian's prayer, plus a surefire way . 
of meeting virtually aU the enter- 
tainment heeds of the middle class. 

the Chicago Todd Cabaret, Which 
U a rebuilt combination of the 
mammoth Rainbo Gardens and Fron 
Ton (jai alai court), has been i-gross- 
ing an average of $50,000 weekly 
since its opening Dec. 26, with. Todd 
'apologizing' in paid ads in the Chi- 
cago dailies for not being able* to 
admit; all the people who storm the 
doors. His tap at the gate is 50c 
per. person, and this past Saturday 
U) 4|172 people paid this price, plus 
spending ah additional $8,100 inside 
for food and. drinks. According to 
Todd, however, the smaller the 
crowd the more the spending, be- 
cause the waitresses can get around 
(Continued on page 12) 



N. Y. POST-B'KLYN EAGLE 
MERGER GOING THROUGH 



Although the picture version of 
'Tobacco Road' opens at the Roxy, 
N. Y., Feb. 20, show's management 
expects to continue; the,: stage, play; 
Possible that the Broadway stay at 
the Forrest will be ended when the 
picture is released, but the road com- 
pany is booked until the end of 
April. Not only is 'Road' piling up 
the run record in New York, in its 
eighth year On Broadway, but no 
show has ; ; advertised: 'last weeks' so 
long, r : [ 

Currently, 'Road' .is playing Pitts-, 
burgh, it being the eighth visit there; 
Two extra matinees will be played, 
the expected gross for 10 : perform- 
ances being $20,000. Last year, when 
'Road* played the smokey burg, it got 
$17,700 with one added matinee. 
Drama is booked, by Dick Lambert, 
as in past seasons. 



Merger of the New York Post and 
the Brooklyn Eagle is expected to be 
consummated this week. It's under- 
stood all details of the meld, which 
has been talked for some months, 
have been worked put. Only hurdle 
remaining is. said to be some Post 
stockholders' squawks, which pub- 
lisher George,Backer anticipates can 
be straightened out, It Is said. 

Paper will be printed in the Eagie 
plant in Brooklyn and, be known as 
Post-Eagle.. It will cover, the en- 
tire" metropolitan area, catering to the 
former . Eagle subscribers with a ; 
special Long island edition. . It will 
be an afternoon paper with a Sun- 
day edition. '■. 

About 1,400 editorial, business and 
mechanical, employees will, be in- 
H vblved in the merger. Joint com- 
"mitte of Post and Eagle employees 
. was named by the Newspaper Guild 
( Exec Committee Monday (3) to in- 
terview both publishers on their in- 
tentions concerning the help. 

Both the Post and Eagle have had 
tumultuous financial histories In re- 
cent years. 



Brazilian Carmen Amaya 
Doubles Gross of N. Y. 
Nitery, the Beachcomber 



Carmen Amaya, one of Brazil's 
biggest , stars but unknown in the 
U. S. until recently, has revitalized 
the Monte Proser-Walter Batchelor 
Beachcomber on Broadway, more 
than doubling the nitery's grosses 
for the few weeks; prior to the 
flamenco dancer's opening there Jan. 
17. The night club's gross had been 
down as low as $5,000 a week; but 
in Senorita Amaya's first week it 
jumped to $11,000, and then again to 
around $12,000 for the second. 

At a guarantee of $1,000 a week, 
plus graduating percentages over- 
$6,000 and $8,000, the dancer took 
$1,900 as her share in; the first stanza 
and -more the second. Last week, 
(Continued on v page 20) 



NO RESERVED SEATS 
FOR THE ASCAP TRIAL 



Milwaukee, Feb. 4. . 
'.' Inspired by newspaper stories of 
famous bandleaders, composers and 
radio! stars scheduled to appear in 
Federal cotirt here if the Govern- 
ment's antitrust suit against ASCAP 
actually comes to trial, women who 
would like to get a qloseup of their 
idols in person : have deluged the 
United States marshal's office with 
requests for reserved seats for' the' 
occasion^ . 

They have been informed, how- 
ever, there will be no reservations; 
that it will be a case of first come* 
first served when, as and if. ; 



MISCELLANY 



PfiiRiETt 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



15 Best Sheet Music Sellers 

(Week ending Feb. 1, 1941) 



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Tonight" (Perfidia ) , . . . V. ■;■ iV; . . 

High on a .Windy Hill. . ■ , 

May I Ney6r Love Again. . . . 

There'll Be Some phangee Made . ... 
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Last Time I Saw" Paris: , . . 

God Bless .America; , . ; 

Let's .Dreamt This Orie OutU. . ..... 

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$10 Top Benefit at N.Y. 




Movement, has been started tor co- 
ordinate all civilian war relief under . 
the direction of the American ' The- 
atre Wing of the British War Rel ief 
Society. Plan will be signalized by 
a" theatre carnival for Britain' .to , 
be held at Radio City, Music Hall, 
Feb. 21, affair to start after mid- 
night. "Tickets will .be scaled at $10 
top, that price going for. 'the; front" 
rows. -'. 

Highlight of the carnival- will be 
a three-way- radio broadcast, with 
big name players participating .in. : 
London, New York, and Hollywood, 
program to be offered for commer- 
cial sponsorship. Beatrice Lillie, 
Leslie Howard, Vivien Leigh and 
Lawrence . Olivier will be on the 
London end, Gertrude Lawrence will 
be in action at the Music Hall, while 
Robert Montgomery, Sir Cedric 
Hardwicke arid Noel Coward will 
participate on the Coast, the latter 
going on the air if he arrives from 
Australia : In time. . 

Coward's Tribute to U.' B. 

At a benefit given at the . Music 
Mal| four years ago for American 
flood sufferers' relief, Miss Lawr- 
ence, . Miss Coward, Reginald Gard- 
(Continued on page 62) 



Telling th* World 



'..'. x'New^^way^of^'anhouncing'.'ihe,' 
purchasepf a story property by a. V 

•film [ cprhpany came to .light ■ 
around' 3 o'clock lSst Saturday ■'.' 

. ,(1 ). morning. 
" Stan Shaw, 'Milkman's Mat- 

v inee' ,'airer on WNEW, N. Y., ' 

. read a telegram, from' Steve 
Fisher, who seemed highly elated 
because' 20th-Fox had bought his 
mag story, 'Red Cross Girl,' and : 
he was going to the Coast to do . . 
the adaptation. 



Lelia Ciampbell Makes 
Her Hollywood Debut 

Hollywood; Feb. C 
Lelia Campbell of the London 
stage (Mrs. Nigel Bruce) makeB her 
Hollywood' screen debut, in the 
Alfred Hitchcock production, 'Be- 
fore the Fact,' at RKO. 
: Her husband is also Ih the cast. 




Of Cuban Prez Batista 
Exphins N.G. Tourist Biz 



-•' Havana, Feb. 4. 

The current political trouble, re- 
sulting in- President Fulgehcio Bat- 
ista's strong methods to curb any. 
insurgency, has been a q.t. reason 
for American tourism's downbeat. 
It's been no secret among the local 
aristocracy, and finally percolating 
to American Cubanophiles, that Bat- 
ista wasn't exactly ' 'popular', with 
the monied class. 

A week ago Sunday (26) it 
reached its peak at the fashionable 
Oriental Park (Havana Jockey Club) 
when Batista attended for. a Presi- 
dential cup race. His entrance was 
the signal for an open snub in the. 
clubhouse whejj, the local aristoc- 
racy turned its backs on his. en- 
trance, the tourists and bourgbisie 
alone manifesting -any excitement 
when he entered the clubhouse. 



LIBEL IN MEXICO 

IS SUBTLE, LATIN 



Mexico City; Feb. 4. .. 

.. Ricardo Lopez Mendez, announcer 
for local radio station XEW, has 
lined up an array of witnesses in 
connection with libel action Maria 
Luisa Zea, picture actress and radio 
singer, threatens to start oyer an al- 
leged hot anecdote she says /Mendez 
told about; heir and Tyrone Power. 

Senorita Zea alleges that the an- 
nouncer told into the mike a tale tr 
the effect; that, she asked Power for 
his autograph but that she requested 
that he write his name on her . bare 
thigh. Power, according, to this story, 
indignantly refused, declaring that he 
is a respectable- married man. 
! Mendez's witnesses swear that he 
did not mention Senorita Zea's name 
once in the story. Say the witnesses, 
the ; : announcer's story was - that a. 
certain senorita asked Power for his 
autograph and bared her thigh, but 
that the actor declined to oblige, ex- 
plaining that he had 'no white ink.' • 



Film version of 'My: Sister Eileen* 
may be made by Max Gordon, and 
Harry . Goetz, producers , of the cur- 
rent Broadway legit hit. That's .the 
reason, Vit was. learned, this week, for 
the fantastic prices being mentioned 
by Gordon ; for" screen rights.-' He has 
no desire to sell. 

Ginger Rogers, who was in town 
last week, viewed the play, it was 
said,, virith.. the "possibility- of RKO. 
purchasing it for her; Gordon and. 
Goetz have a releasing, deal with 
RKO, and,, if Miss Rogers is -to be 
starred ' a -film , version, it will 
probably' - be on "loan ;to ' the ■ prbr 
diicers. ' V 

There's- ho :'. likelihood -nof anyone's 
making it; however, for several years, 
it was said by Goetz this wLeek. 
Show is very , economical ; to oper- 
ate, he declared, arid long after cur- 
rent SRO. crowds have petered out, 
it will, still be possible to continue 
.profitably. Low nut. will also per- 
mit the producers to send out a 
number of road companies, Goetz as- 
serted, which will put ,a minimum 
time limit of * at least two -j. years 
ahead of ariy picture possibility. 

.'Life' With Father' is another 
Broadway legitcr -which the produ- 
cer^ Oscar. Serlin, has refused to sell 
because he has an idea of filming it 
himself. - - 



: THE BERLE-ING POINT 

By Milton Berle 



TA Cites Helen Jepson 



. ; Cleveland, Feb; 4. ' 

Charges have been : preferred - by 
the Theatre Authority against Helen 
Jepson for refusal to obey instruc- 
tions as to appearance at the Presi- 
derit's Birthday Party. . .. .. : 

These charges kre brought against; 
Miss Jepson as a member of the 
American ' Guild ' of .Musical Artists, . 
wh ich is allied with TA. . ' Pena l ties 
are possible fine 'and official repri- 
mand for violation of the Guild rules. 



itzi. Green 111 

St. Louis, Feb. 4. 
• Despite throat ailment that riiay 
necessitate an operation in N.ew 
York> to whiph she returned Satur- 
day '(1), Mitzi Green insisted on do- 
ing one show at the Chase Club, 
swank west end nitery/. the night be- 
fore. Booked for a two-week stand, 
she became ill a few hours after her 
arrival here Friday (31). .' 

Two St Louis specialists treated 
her and advised she retikrn to :New. 
York to be treated by her personal 
.physician. . ,-. '. . / 



Erin O'Brien Moore's 
Suit vs. Eatery Opens 



Suit by. Erin. O'Brien Moore, whose 
j husband Mark Barron is drama critic 
1 for Associated Press, against Jack 
Lyons, restaurateur^ started Tues- 
day (4) in the . supreme court, 
N. Y., with Justice Peter J. Schmuck 
presiding. : Actress was severely 
burned in the Lyons establishment 
after the opening of 'The American 
Way/ Jan, 21, 1939,. at the Center, 
Radio' City. Damages, totaling $100,- 
000 are sought. . . ' 
. Miss Wfpore was in the hospital for 
.90 days after the. accident, under 
treatment for second and third de- 
gree, burns. For more than six weeks 
her condition was listed as- critical,;' 
but because Jack Pulaski's (Variety ) . 
aid in beating out the flames, her 
face . was riot marred. Miss Moore 
has principally- been active 1 in. radio 
performances for the past year or so. 

Pulaski also has a damage claim 
pending,, he. too suffering bad burns; 
j Variety's, dramatic ^critic was cover- 
ing . : the ; 'American Way', •premiere 
arid had dropped in with Mis? Moore, 
for a drink at the . nearby ' Lyons 
-Chophouse. '. ; 



Berle, Haakon, Martha 
Raye, Martin, Abe Lyman 
In 1 Miami Nitery Show 



(■■ . Miami,, Feb.. 4. 

Milton Berle remains at the Royal 
Palm Club here for four weeks and 
then must check back to 20th-Fox 
for another film. . Following his 
first, ■ 'Tall, Dark and Handsome,' the 
studio optioned him for three more. 

Berle came in last week,.augrnent- 
ing the Abe Lyman bandshow, when 
Paul Haakon also replaced Paul 
Draper. Martha Raye opens next 
week and Tony Martin follows the 
week thereafter; with Berle arid the 
revue continuing. 

Royal Palm's decision to permit 
George Wood, ; who books this Al 
White-staged floorshow; to go wild 
oh the bankroll is induced by the 
stiffer competition. 

Ben Marden's ; quadruple-threat 
show at his new Colonial , Inn, in 
Hallendale^ Fla., 20 miles from hets, 
with Sophie Tucker, Harry . Richman, 
Joe E. Lewis and Paul Whiteman, 
plus the continued; click of Monte 
1 Proser's Beachcomber, rnakes. it nec- 
essary for the Palm to extend Itself 
on talent. . ; ": 



■ Horkheimer Up for Sentence 

~ ' Los Angeles, Feb. 4. '.. 
' Found guilty of extortion, H. M. 
Horkheimer, , ' former ihdSpendent 
producer and head of Balboa Films, 
will come up for sentence in the 
i U. S.. District . Court next Monday 
| (10). 

Horkheimer was charged with at- 
tempting to extort money from a 
, Seattle woman by threatehing to ex- 
Lpose- her daughter. 



Lew Lehr Back 

: Lew Leh.r, 20th-Fpx shorts editor 
and comic in . Movietone newsreel, 
who has been away on vacation for 
nearly two months', will return to 
work in the next -few days.' . 

£jehr suffered a nervous breakdown 
from overwork and was. forced to 
abandon all picture arid radio 'work 
in order to take a. rest. ; v 



N. V. to L A. 

Theron. Bahiherger; 
." Martin Brodnes. . 
: Jack; Cohn. / ' ' ; V.-;.-" : 

..Marc Connellj, 

Jinx.Ealkenberg,. "... 
. Moe Gale. ". -'■' 

; Bert Cordon. 
: Jay GprrieyJ '' • 
. Charlotte' Greenwood. 

Will Hays. 

Tony Martin. 

Joseph A. McConviile; . ' 

•Abe'' Montague. ..- 

Henry Myers, 

Ginger- Rogers,- . . 

George. J.Schaefer;. 

Abe Schneider. 

Lana Turner. 
. John, van Druten.; 
: Bob Welch. ' 
>< Robert Young. 



. ■< : ' : Miami Beach, Feb: 4. 

Am appearing here at th» Royal Palms where I do a medley of my jokes 
(My jokes.) '■ >:'. * . 

The headwaiter at the Royal Palms ik making a fortune ih tips: It seems 
that everybody wants to sit near the radiators. 

The Roxy. y*.Y.) held over my picture, 'Tall,. Dark arid Handsome'' 
for an additional week. 1 knew I had enough relatives to keep it going 
an extra seven days. • ' - : . -' ■ 

Received a postcard from my cotisih who Was - recently drafted. He' 
Wrote, 'Having a wonderful time. . Wish you were here-^instead.' 
• Asked Dorothy D^y how she 

translates it for you?' ; (I Wonder What she ihearis? Dey just ainl no 
justice.) .;. ■..;.'..."'■.' .' : '-'.. •• • 

The way the girls here dress for the- beach they should call them 'ho 
peace' bathing 6uits. .: ; , '. 

> Broadway Dept." 

Some of Broadway's best playwrights are Irish. There's D'Hara; O'Casey 
and O'Dets. V '" : ;, :.'"'• ..... 

Sonja Heme's Ice show at the Garden grossed over $280,000". You wouldn't 
exactly call Sonja a cheap skate. .<* . V : '-. ' .'■ '■ .'-. ■• 

Got a ferriftc idea which ought to land sbrije actress right bh the: front- 
pages. All she i has to do. is io take a bath in plain water. ' '..:■< 

Broadway Samls brother; a sporting goods: manufacturer, j ust got . a big 
order frorn the Italian- army for 200,000 pairs pf running pants. . 

Leo Lindy sends all *)f his Florida-vacationing customers a w.ire.V Ii . 
reads, 'Why don't you come, back here where it's warm?' ' 

Somebody asked Sam Harris if Moss Hart is going to write another 
show for him. Harris replied, 'Right now, my Hart belongs to Kaufman'. 

-Holly woodiana .-'■'.' • ',- . 

v Harpp. Marx Was^ ^^:a very, bright child. He." learned to talk at the age . of 
two.. At three he forgot hpw. '•..'-. -' 

They're .having a tough time" filming 'Blood arid Sand*. There's plenty 
of sand,' all. right— -but Where are- you going .to find an actor with blood? 

The. feminine lead iri. Howard- Hughes' 'Billy the Kid'. is a girl who has 
never ' been in the. movies before. There's. a-pictureJ-with-.-a^ 

If Jack Benny , makes, 'Charley's Aunt,' Mary Livingstorie automatically, 
becomes .Charley's uncle. ..■;.-:/" 

Everybody in/ Hollywood' is : plehty ^ .worried. A ^ihole' week went by 
without a hew Joe Frisco - joke* .. .; ■-• • .'-.•"*• 

— Hollywood's traffic laws are getting stricter.. They're . thinking: of a new 
regulation that will prohibit armless 'men frorii haying drivers* licenses.. 

Sad but tiue; Success iri Hollywood makes more bums than failure does. 
. M iislc Dept. 

Abe Lyman's band at the Royal Palms is getting more versatile every 
day. The, whole saxophone section no W doubles on kazoos. 

Bob-Hope made .Skinhay.j,Ennis buy : si. baton filled with helium gas so 
that Skihnay can lift it in time for a . downbeat. 

. Irving Mills is planning a visit to Florida so he can suntan some; new 
shelves' for his firm. . ' 

. 1 Jack Dempsey was forced, to evict a noisy soiise from his restaurant. 
The drunk kept singing, 'Beat Me, Daddy, But Not al^ the Bar'. 

Radio Dept. . 

Boris Karloff . did very well on 'Information Please'., The next time he 
appears on the program they should change the title to 'Crime and Pun'. 

Did so well in' a gangster role on the Kate Sinith program's adaptation 
of 'Tall, Dark and Handsome' that J ; got a fan letter frbm Warden Lawes. 

My brother says he likes jazz bands' on the radio, especially that Ray- 
mond Gram Swing. - '■■•'■■■■ 

'Hangnail Descriptions 

BUI Robinson: The Match of Time. Walter WtnchcH; Grammar Boy. 
W. C. Fields: Arsenic, and Old Souse. 'Mary Beth Hughes: Are you having 
any phone? Sonja Henie: ! Skater-Brain. Cary Grant— Hutton-Bpthered. 

Observation Dept. 

Judging by the. way the newspapers arid the. magazines play up the 
debs, it: looks like there never was such a think as a honiely society girl; 

A local Miami Beach 'character puts more on . a horse's ripse than 3ie. 
does on his wife's back. 

Harry. Ritz has so much hair pri his chest that he's thinking of haying .. 
it knitted into a sleeveless sweater. 

Aril thinking of offering a dollar tp anyone who finds a mistake in my 
column. Will my space be read?* 

A woman in. Hollywood 1 was knocked unconscious when hit by. a golf 
ball. That makes two kinds of Hollywood drivers to- avtoid. ' ; 

Eavesdropped at. Royal -Palace: 'He's a nerve, specialist— goes every- 
where .on it.' ; ■ ;. .. .. . V 

Eavesdropped at . Rumba. Casino: 'Things were so quiet here last night 
you, could hear, the prices drop.' 

Any minute' now they'll put a sign up at the Forrest Theatre where 
'Tobacco Road', is playing, which will read, 'Last Two/Years'. 

Whatever Became of ! — ?. 

Burt & Rosedaje Bud & Jack Pearson 

Billie Stout^-In the Test .. Helen John's 11 Glorious Girls 

Coscia & Verdi • . Harry Fox arid. Beatrice Curtis . 

Afterpiece 

A Miami Beach-night club owner went crazy last week— ran around hi*, 
place seeing customers before his eyes. . 



3 STOOGES INSULTED 



Claim . 'Most . Frightening' Award 
Should Have Gone to Them 



. J' Omaha. Feb. 4. 
Andrews. Sisters were playing the 
Orpheum here last Week .when the 
Harvard. Lampoon selected them as 
the 'most frightening.' . Reaction ■ on 
part of the girls was neiitfal, but the 
three Stooges (Howard, Fine and 
H6ward), also on the , bill; were in- 
censed. - :; 
. Said' they: 'We'll sue for defama-. 
tion and damages. -Title of the 'most 
frightening belongs to us.' 



L A. to N Y, 

Forrest Barnes. 

William Boyd. 

Grace Bradley. 
' John Christ. .;• ; ';;, \ 
. Everett Crosby. 

Dodge Dunning. 

Tpm Harrington,. 

John 'Hertz, Jiv ^ 

^Louis Hyman. 

Ben . Kalriie'nsoh. 

Wolfe Kaufman. - 

Herman Lissauer. 

Les Martinson. ■'■■': 

George McGatrett. 

Maria Montez. 

Lloyd 'Nolan. 

Hartzell Sperice. 

Edwin Weisl. 

Robert- Wise. . ■ ' <■ f '\ . 



Rainer Both in Running 
For m Tolls' Lead 



Although Ingrid Bergman Is re- 
ported to haye the -. favor . of Para- . 
mount -.executives for the lead in. 
Ernest Hemingway's 'For Whom the.. 
Bell Tolls,', it Was learned this we6k 
that Xiiise Rainer is also- being con- 
sidered for, the part. Miss Rainer, 
if she: doesn't get the 'BeH' role, may 
be sent to England by Par to work 
in pictures it is planning there. . 

Viennese actress has been in con- ; 
(Continued on page 201 " 

Jfee Sl^n (or Caption 

■ , Suit of Robert E. Michels, collector, 
against Robert Ripley for $100,000 
damages was . dismissecl last week by 
Judge John Foster, Symes In the N.Y. 
federal court. . Michels claimed Rip- 
ley borrowed a mummffled foetus 
frorh .him : in June, 1932, under the 
pretense of purchase, but used it for 
publicity, purposes. 
; . Plaintiff claims Ripley was phptb-- 
graphed with the foetus by Look- in . 
1938 and declared at the time that he 
had secured.it from Ecuador Indians. 

As a resuit of the publicity, plaintiff 
has been unable "to sell it, he claimed,- 



Wednesday, February 5» 1941 



MISCELLANY 3 








:'.-'■' Boston, Feb;- 4/-. 
Local licensing authorities and 
blue-nose agencies Addled while Lois 
Andrews and the Club Versailles 
management burned last week as 
front-page publicity added five years 
to her age and, then subtracted it the 
next day, Result of the big-space 
fanfare in the prese was that George 
Jewel's bride was cancelled at the 
Versailles after playing iOur days of 
an intended two week^' engagement: 
Miss Andrews was doing all right 
until last Wednesday (29) when 
someone suggested that the Boston 
Licensing Commission and the State 
Department of tabor check up on 
her age. there's a law prohibiting 
employment . of a . girl under 21 
after 10 p.m., and another regulation 
against employing a girl under 18 in 
an establishment serving liquor. 
When officials challenged her on her 
age Miss Andrews boasted that she 
was '21, going on 22,' The Thursday 
morning papers broke out in a front 
page rash about her sudden age in- 
crease over .the previously . touted 
•child bride' figure of 16. . Mean- 
while, the' interested officials checked 
/'With. Los Angeles, the birthplace. Of 
Katherine Lorraine- Gourley -(Miss 
Andrews); and the vital statistics 
disclosed her birthdate as 1924 and 

. that she would be 17 on March 24 of 
this year, .The clamps were, ap- 
plied on the Versailles; Friday af- 

. ternoon (31) and . their floor show 
atar was. yanked. Then . her age 
bounced back to 16 in the ensuing 
editions. 

. Court "procedures on the alleged 
Infractions of state law loomed as 
' possibilities as the Boston Licensing 
Commission mulled the advisability 
of suspending the Versailles' license, 
and the State Department of Labor 
. applied, for complaints against . the 
' club management and Miss Andrews' 
(Continued from 'page 12) ■ 

REPORT 3 FROM SHOW 
BRAS WAR FATALITIES 



Private advices from) England re- 
port the death . of three profession- 
als, two being bomb casualties. John 
Gillespie, who was manager of Gil- 
bert Miller's St; James theatre, Lon- 
don, is missing in Africa; where the 
British routed the Italians, and it is 
believed he is dead. His father, R. 
H. Gillespie, was long the manager 
of the London Hippodrome. 
Walter Williams, a musical comedy 

.Juvenile, was killed by a bomb. 
Harry Sylvester, general manager for 
Thomas Arnold, English producer, 
was another bomb victim.. He went 

. to Windsor to escape the London air 
raids> but was killed in the latter 
town. ■ 

John Harwood, rather well known 
oifthis side, wag! badly injured when 
a bomb destroyed the Green Room 
Club London. . He was the , only 
member there when the raid was on 
and is since reported to have recov- 
ered. Among the musical shows that 
Harwood staged on Broadway were 
Rita' and 'Tip Toes/ • 



mrning 

v . Charlotte, N. C, Feb. 4. 

Katharine Hepburn crossed swords 
w"h Don Kerr, WBT's Hollywood 
"eporter, here Tuesday (28), when 
V»e former was In town with a 
Wad-showing of 'Philadelphia Story,* 
■na local citizens are still trying to 
ngure which one got the best of it. 

Miss Hepburn had refused to grant 
Press, or radio interviews here. Kerr 
gave her a panning in his afternoon 
Broadcast. THtF. Whole town buzzed 
w.Uh excitement, wondering what the 
star would do about, She, too, had 
apparently heard ■ the broadcast and 
rose jo the occasion by inviting Kerr 
»na his wife backstage after the per- 

S ri Tu a . nqe ' the onlv two locals grant- 
ed thi s privilege. 

After an icicle-burdened 'howja- 
■«w, Miss. Hepburn just stared at 
*\ err ?n neck-burnirig silence for five. 
11^4 1 he described as the most un- 
comfortable minutes of his'lif*. 



Jessel-Manii 



■ '>..-;••.' Boston, Feb. 4. 

Local nitery ops have appar- 
ently gone nuts over the. current 
week's date of George jessel at 
. the Mayfair Club. ;. First,, the : 
Versailles booked ' Lois An- 
drews Jessel as opposition"; then: ? 
-the Latin Quarter burst out with 
newspaper ads quoting Jessel as . 
saying its m.ci, Harry Spear, / 
Is : the 'greatest master of . cere- 
monies' in the business, etc. 
Mickey Alpert," orch" leader and 
'm.c. at the Cqcoanut Grove, fol- 
lowed lip with a lobby easel not- 
ing that 'Jessel thinks I'm greats 
too!' While the Fox & Hounds , 
club, had no floor show to tie in 
with , the screwy : epidemic, ' it ; 
: promptly exploited a -'Jessel T-. 
Bone Steak.' 

; Monte Proser's Beachcomber . 
named its line. 'The Jesselettes;* 

Incidentally, child labor laws 
nixed Mrs. Jessel's p.a. 



^ly Rart^ffl Fail 
For Fair? This Summer, 
Then Go Very Dramatic 



Minneapolis, Feb.. 4.. • 
Haying had- her initiation in play 
acting at strawhat theatres and on 
tour in 'Rain,' and now classifying 
herself as. an actres as well as a 
dancer, Sally Rand says her present 
ambition is to become a Shake- 
spearean star. . She plans to produce 
'Merchant of Venice' first; with her- 
self in the role of .. Portia. Prior 
thereto, : however, this summer, for 
the, first time, she'll do her fan and 
bubble dances , at Canadian and 
American fairs to provide the where-, 
withal for the Bard of Avon . en- 
deavors; , : 

The tour of fairs will involve ap- 
pearances by Miss Hand before the 
grandstand arid with her revue under 
canvas on the midways. Already 17 
weeks have : been booked starting 
June 20 with the Toronto Exposi- 
tion, Miss Rand said' during her Min- 
nesota theatre' engagement here last 
'week. •. 



'VARIETY'S' TAX SERVICE 
GETS AN EARLY START 



Due to the probable great increase 
in the number of returns, this year 
because of lower exemptions, 
Variety's federal income tax service 
is under way now, a couple of weeks 
ahead of past years. H. Wayne Pier- 
son arid Edward Rigney, general dep- 
uty U. S. tax oollectors, have- again 
been assigned to Vahiett's office ■ in 
New York by Collector Joseph T. 
Higgins to assist showfolks in mak- 
ing out their returns. They are on 
duty daily between 10 e.m; , and 6 
p.m., including Saturday. ._-.'-. 

Personal exemptions for 1940 're- 
turns have been lowered. Single, 
persons whose gross income is $800 
or more must file a return, as must 
niarried persons, with or without, der 
. Continued on page 18) 




^rbad way Producers Smarter 
Than Other Racketeers, 
He Says* Because They 
Don't Go to Jail for Bilk- 
ing Suckers— Points to 
$1,000,000 iii Flops This 

'.- Season/ . 



'FATHER* BONANZA 



JOHN 00 RED'S EXPLOITS 



Daring Newsreeler 'Cameraman 
Without a Country' ' 



John Bored, 'the cameraman with-! 
out a. country,' this week returned 
safely to U. Sy. after : h-eking wars 
and disasters over' the World for 20 
years. He reached N.v Y, just three 
days' before bis passport expired 
and was able to- reach 1 a . safe haven 
because Paramount . newsreel, for 
Which he has worked for years, 
thought, enough of. its ace photog- 
rapher to lay out nearly $5,000 .for 
hini to get to America . via the cir- 
cuitous route which;' took him 
through Turkey, India and Singa- 
(Continued on page 53) • 



By HOBE MORRISON 

'The Broadway theatre is a racket. 
No wonder they: call: it the legitimate 
theatre. It's a legitimate racket. The 
difference between a legitimate, rack- 
et and a plain racket is that one is. 
legal and the other isn't; Broadway- 
is .legitimate.': ■ - ■ ;;. 

The speaker is Qscar .Seriin. As 
producer .of 'Life with Father,' Ser- 
iin is a serene man these days. After 
years in the. theatre: in various ca- 
pacities, . he!is now a recognized suc- 
cess. His original company of 
'Father' is now in its^secQrid.jreaj^aJt, 
the Empire, N. Y., : still at virtual 
capacity," while road companies of 
the' Howard Lihdsay-Russel Crouse 
comedy are mopping up iri Chicago 
arid Boston. Yes, Seriin is a »uc- 
cess, in neon capital letters. 

'Broadway producers are smarter 
than other racketeers,' Serlhi went 
(Continued ori page 48) 



WILLIE HOWARD 





■Willie. Howard, currently starring 
in 'Crazy With the Heat,' at the 44th 
Street, N. Y., is the plaintiff in a 
claim being, pushed by the Amer- 
ican . Federation of Radio Artists' 
against Kated Corp:, producer of the 
Kate Smith program. Case is being 
mediated by the American Arbitra-- 
tion Assn., as specified by the 
AFRA-network :■ • commercial code. 
Hearing will be held Monday (10) . 

Amount involved is between 5 $7,-. 
500 and $10,000. Howard claims his 
contract for a series of appearances 
on ' the. Kate Smith program was 
broken. He filled several dates on 
the show, but is alleged to have 
been replaced last spring when CBS 
officials . refused to let him do a 
script based ori a comedy French ac- 
cent. It was about the time of the 
fall of France, and network execs 
were understood to be leery about 
possible public : reaction to such /a 
broadcast. 

■ Howard asserted he had insuf* 
flcierit time • to . prepare substitute 
material,; ' but Ted Cbllins, ' Miss 
Smith's partner arid: the show's pro- 
ducer): contradicts . that -statement 
with the claim that Howard: had 
ample time to obtain another script. 
Collins Is Expected to base his can- 
cellation of the/contract, on dissatis- 
faction with Howard, as a writer, 
since :the .pact specified .a pe.rforinerr 
writer setup. ■ ■ 

.Under the AFRA rules, a; straight 
performer contract . would call for 
payment regardless -of whether a; 
performance is. given. . . . 



fGamby's Concert D4es 



- Maria Gambarelli, whilom picture 
house ballerina mote recently with 
the Metropolitan Opera, has taken 
a dance group . of. five on tour', under 
Arthur Judson management. Will 
be on tour three months, 

Opened in London, Ontario, Jan. 
30. Ottawa arid Montreal follow. 
Will play 41 dates in all • ■ 





' FDR's Br 







Just a Whistle-Stop? 



.. .Washington, Feb. 4. 

Civic pride of Hollywood was 
taken down a peg Wednesday 
(29), When' the Dept. of Com- 
merce announced that the Census 
Bureau sees. the film capital 'in. a 
different, light* from 'millions of 
motion picturegoers and radio 
listeners.' . : : - [.'y- 

Hollywood does not even ap- 
pear iri the population records, 
the statement declared, and 'is 
merely the local name given to 
. an unincorporated area which 
lies partly within Los Angeles 
City and partly iri Beverly Hills 
Township.' Added insult to in- 
jury by explaining, that, 'the mo- 
tion picture industry section (of 
Hollywood) is located . in the 
township across the street from. 
Los Angeles,' 



VGargantuan Art 
(Hearst); Bargain 



.Biggest ; show;, iri , New York this 
week Isn't on Broadway, but down 
on 33d street; It's, a ^full-floor lay- 
out at Girribel Bros, departrhent 
Store of just about 1,000,001 things 
collected in a half century., of col- 
lecting by William Randolph Hearst. 
Stuff - is all on sale as though it were 
so much yard goods — with price tags 
ranging .up to $199,894 for 16th 
century Flemish tapestry— -and yok- 
els and millionaires alike are pour- 
ing in to. have a look. ■ '.;.■ 
Like a -Broadway legiter,' the big 

show • had three : previews last . week 
arid its official public opening on 
Monday <3). Previews — which were 
supposed to be private— drew 7,000 
people the first night, 7,000 the sec- 
(Continued on page 55) 



GEO. ABBOTT DUE BACK 
AT RKO THIS SPRING 



George Abbott, whose 'Pal Joey' 
production appears solidly set for a 
run at the Barrymore, . N. Y.,. t will 
go to Hollywood this spring for an-. 
Other . producer-director stint at 
RKO. Date of his going Is indef- 
inite, as he is considering production 
of a legit comedy; script, of tfcire- 
vealed authorship and title.. 

If he doesn't do the play he will 
probably go to the Coast late in 
March or early in April. He has ho 
picture , in mind, but will consider 
story suggestions of studio heads. His 
decision whether or ; Hot to do the 
play depends on satisfactory revi- 
sions, but the author, is understood to 
be reluctant to make any changes 
unless Abbott options the script; But 
haying been burned several times 
by not getting suitable revision? after 
taking on option. .Abbott is refusing 
to repeat that procedure. : 



ASCAP BY THE SEA 



Music ~ Men Vamp Until Feace— 
,'. Marks of BMI There, Too 



; Miami Beach, . Feb. 4. 

Number of music men are hiber- 
nating hereabouts, literally vampin' 
'til ready,., because of . the ASCAP 
situation;, intruding publishers like 
Ja,ck Robbins, Jack Mills, Lester 
Santiy, Reg Connelly, - Jimmy Canpp- 
belii Bobby Crawford, Murray 
Baker, etc. At the drop of a bluet 
note the meeting of the minds on 
what's what with ASCAP, BMI, etc. 
becomes a major huddle; 

•Edward B.. . Marks, who made . a 
deal with BMI, just arrived ; here/ 
Even when . the w-.k. Miami sun 
shines, his advent casts a' shadow for 
the other vehemently pro-ASCAP j 
men. ■ ' 



: i. Washington, : Feb. 4.; : 
. Credit for making it a memorable 
January in Washington, both at the 
Inaugural gala; and birthday balls, 
largely goes to Nick and Joe 
Schenck, latter operating in Holly- 
wood to round up celebrities. Nick 
Schenck produced, and paid all .the 
expenses for Mickey. Rponey'g ^ 
tourage, Nelson Eddy's frip. Rise 
Stevens of the Metropolitan, besides 
inducing Charlie Chaplin to attend 
and recite his 'Dictator' speech. 
Carter Barron was the real director 
of the inaugural gala, the Loew di- 
vision manager staging the .party 
under Mr; Schenck's direction. ' :• 
. For the, birthday balls and .White 
House gayety, Joe Schenck produced 
Deariria Durbin, Lana Turner, Wal- 
lace Beery and his daughter; Carol 
Ann; Preston / Foster, Sterling \ Hay- 
den, Constance Moore, Tony Martin, 
Helen Vinson,; Kay . Aldridge, Char- 
lotte .Greenwood, Maureen p'Hara, 
little Carolyn Lee, Clifton Fadiman, 
Jay C. Flippen, Jean! Hershblt,- 
George Raft, Al Ritz and Red Shelr 
ton. Schenck's Washington contact 
was Jock Lawrence of the. Hays 
office, who worked with .the local 
cotrimittee. 



President's. Hat for Charity . 

The Holly wood stars at the Presi- 
dent and. Mrs. Roosevelt luncheon 
turned the tables and had the Chief 
Executive sign autographs. Fort.i- 
(Coritiriued on page 18) 



LULU BELLE AND SCOTTY 
BACK TO HOLLYWOOD 



.Cincinnati, Feb. 4. 

Ltilu Belle and Scotty, vocal team, 
starred on WLW's hillbilly Boone 
County Jamboree, have signed to ap- 
pear in two more pictures to be pro- 
duced by Republic. They were in 
'Village Barn Dance' which Repub- 
lic released late in M939. 

First of the new films is 'Country 
Fair.' Shooting of it is to start 
March 15. Production work on the 
second picture is scheduled to begin 
July 7. 




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INDEX 

Band Reviews. ... .'. . ; 

Bills..;.,.:..;.. ... ... 

Chatter ....... 

Exploitation ., . . . /. 
Film Booking Chart: . 
Film Reviews. ... . . . .' 

Forum v . . . . . . . . . V.,- . 

House Reviews . ... . . 

Inside— Legit 
Inside— Music .... . . ; 

Inside— Radio , : . '. . .. . 

International News ..... 

Legitimate . . . . . . 

Literati . .. 

Music . . . . . . ;/,'.. 

New Acts . .'. . . . 

.Night Clubs ; . . 
Night Club Review; .., 
■ Obituary: ; ;, . ; r. . . . 

' Pictiires ..'...V .v. . . . 

Radio . . ... ........ . . 

Rad ior-i-lhtern "libria 1. 
Radio .Market'; . '; : : 

Radio Reviews . . . 

Unit Review. , i ... . .'. . .. 
Vaudeville . ... . . . , . : . 



.. 48 
.,56 
.. 61 

.;. 8 

... 22 
.. 12 

... 63. 

. .. 54 

;.. 58 
.,49 
.. 40 

... 13 
, : . 57 . 

...60 

;..'47 

...50 

. :. 51 
...50 
. . . 62 
..V '4 
...24 
...38 
; . . 44. 
,.,"41 
... 50 
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Dally Variety.. tM.). 
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PICTURES 



Wednesday, February 5, I9il 



Welles, As 25% Owner of 







to 





Orson Welles, iV is. understood, has 
teen prepared to force RKO to re- 
lease 'Citizen Kane,' no 'matter what 
the decision of its execs or board of 
directors. Welles has a. 25Cv> interest 
in the film's net profit and is said to 
haVe been advised by his .own at: 
tornevs that" he has. legal ground for. 
requiring RKQ tp distribute'; the; pic- 
ture rasper his contract. 

RKO, in 'fact, has never Indicated 
that it would do otherwise than re-! 
lease the film. S. Barret McCor- 
mick, , pubvad . chief, yesterday 
(Tuesday) declared the picture will 
go into distribution around Febr 28 
and: plans for advertising are going 
forward originally indicated.. 

\Velles r precaution was ' taken, how- 
ever in the knowledge of, the : tre- 
mendous pressure being pujt on RKO 
and its individual execs and. board 
members by. many high-placed mem- 
bers of the industry. 

Producer-director-writer Welles^ 
who has been Branded -Comrrmrrist' 
lh some Hollywood quarters because 
of his apparent lack of interest in 
money, isn't thinking of coin -in this 
case either. Rather he 'feels that his 
honor is at stake/ ; since this is his 
first film and if follows months of 
disparaging cracks about his inac- 
tivity in Hollywood. - . . : 

RKO prexy George Schaefer,. who 
has constantly been - the boy won- 
der's principal proponent, arid the 
BKO board ordered . Welles east: with 
a print last' week. Directors-^-three 
of whom had previously sneaked to 
the Coast to have : l.ob'k-sees-^met, on 
Friday (31 ) afternoon,' then-saw the 
film and are to meet again today (5). 

First screening in the east was pri 
Wednesday (29) for a selected group 
«f RKO officials arid . W. G. Van 
Schmus, managing director of the 
Radio City Music Hall. No deal has 
been set for New York opening of 
the picture and Vari Schmus gave no 
Inkling of what his plans are. . 

It's understood there have been 
other screenings for various attor- 
neys who have been called in-r-all of 
whorh are .said to be of the' opinion 
that there is . nothing iri the film on 
which court action could be brought 
by William Randolph Hearst, who 
allegedly claims the story top closely, 
parallels his own life. Welles and 
Schaefer have been in virtually cohr 
Continued on. page 18) . 



Bovine Justice 



Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
Killing a toreador is less hem-' 
ous than killing a bu.il/ under the : 
ruling of .the' Will Hays office, as 

; applied to. the 20th- Fox produc- 
tion, 'Blood arid Sand;. 

.'.'■'' Actual .slayihg of.beef on the'., 
hoof, including 'preliminary ban— 
darillP sharpshbbting/ is banned, 
but* Tyrone Power, ihe bullfight- : 
ej - who is .niihe'd ' by. a bull, is 
perrnitted' to die on celluloid 
with the approval of the censor. 




It Happened in H'wood 



FREIDAY QUITS U B'D; 
COWDIN SCORES SUITS 



William Freiday last week tender- 
ed his resignation as a director on 
Universal's board. Company will 
not appoint ariy person io fill the 
vacancy, but will- wait until the an- 
nual meeting, March 15, when se- 
lection will be left up to trie stock- 
holders. Freiday was one of the 
two U directors named by first pre- 
ferred stockholders. Samuel I. Pb- 
aen is the other. 

Regarding stockholders' suits, J. 
Cheever Cowdin, chairman of the 
board, in his annual report cited that 
It is unfortunate the company should 
be compelled to devote considerable 
time and energy to the defense, of 
actions brought by stockholders in 
the present difficult times. Cowdin 
mentioned two suits brought. by Po 
sen, one alone, and the .other with 
two stockholders. He outlined that 
the second action was instituted to 
enjoin the company from purchas 
ing its" first preferred stock under 
the Dec. 12 tender plan. He was 
denied a preliminary injunction. : 

Cowdin reported: 'In the opinion 
of your management, such suits are 
entirely without foundation and 
they believe that the record of prog 
ress and achievement of your . cprri- 
pany is a complete answer to these 
■charges, which will be -fully met 
when the cases come Up for trial.' 
Universal's report for' the fiscal year 
ending: Nov. 2 last showed the net 
profit of $2,390,772 was .virtually 
double that of the previous fiscal 
12-month period. ''■■■' 



With January earnings, reported 
to : have . . ahead . of ~ the-'.; first 
mont)i last, year, Paramount is ex-, 
pected to show $2.60 per cornmon 
share for 1940." according . to revised 
Wall Street estimates.; Previously 
figured it would be around $2. State T 
ment is expfected out -»n the next- few 
weeks. , • ■ ' 

Chief interest, in Paramourit; now 
centers in the proposed plan of the 
company to call in the first preferred 
shares outstanding. Corporation ex- 
ecutives are attempting to map out 
a plan whereby this stock would be 
brought into the company treasury 
by means', of cash ' and* low rate, 
short-term loans;! Proposition has 
been under . consideration for nearly 
two months, but is still .rated a must, 
in the problem of company e.conorny. 
. Reason for highlighting this first 
preferred withdrawal is that a 
resume this week showed the com- 
pany to have paid out approximately. 
40% of its net income over the five- 
year period ending in 1939 iri pre- 
ferred dividends. Paramourit net in- 
come for the five years starting in. 
1935 to 1939, inclusive, totaled $18,- 
358,102 and approximately $7,437,700 
was paid out in preference issue div- 
vies. This takes in all distributions 
made on the two preferred ' issues 
since the company's reorganization 
plan became effective July 1, 1935. 

On the basis of the preferred divi- 
dend distributions of 1939, it is esti- 
mated that the company was paying 
approximately $900,000 per year on 
the first preferred in dividends. 
Since then, the nurhb'er of first pre- 
ferred shares has been reduced, but 
dividends even now are reported to 
represent the disbursement of 
around $800,000 annually. If Par is 
able to secure a .3% or 3%% loan 
rate and take care of roughly half 
of the total first preferred with- 
drawal with cash, a saving of $400,- 
000 to $500,000 is deemed possible. . 

Only alternative to actual, consum- 
mation of such plan would be public 
conversion of its first preferred into 
common shares, induced by 'the cur 
rently high earnings on the common. 
As with other film companies, Para- 
rhount!s ultimate . desire is to have 
only comrrion shares outstanding 
with only a minor amount of pre 
ferred on which the company would 
have to ' pay annual dividends. In 
this way common shareholders 
would stand to benefit directly from 
net profits showri by the corporation. 



Kelly Back iii N. Y; 

. Arthur -W. Kelly, United Artists 
Vice-prez in charge of sales, returned 
Monday (3) from twor week: visit' to 
•the Coast, where he confabbed with 
producers and saw three new : pic- 
tures which will be released shortly 
Murray Siiverstone,. UA chief j and 
Charles Schwartz, counsel/ who went 
west With Kelly, are expected back 
Jh about two weeks. Monroe Green- 
thai, pub-ad head, arrives back east 
later this week. 



By BILL IIALLIGAN 

Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
. It was after 10 when I left the 
Beachcomber. It's » sort of Chinese 
restaurant wherethey make, a.'spe- 
cialty of rum drinks. " A zombie 
may. sound . like an Igorrote debu- 
tante, but it's four ounces of dyna- 
mite in a tall glass. . Two : of- them 
make one very . mellow. I had : had 
three. . ',/ ■:■ • 

: When I walked out .to get in my 
car I saw a kid about 10 years old 
sitting on the running board. C I 
thought it funny for a child to be 
out at . that late hour, He had a can- 
vas, bag swung around his shoulder 
and he was selling Liberty maga- 
zines. . ':■■'■•.'."" 

He said 'Good evening, " May I 
sing you ; a sprig?' He sounded like 
a Harrow upperclass man. I took 
another look at him. He was wear-- 
ing torn Jersey and a pair of 
oliye drab- shorts. His shoes were 
canvas sneakers and a toe stuck 
out. He had the - face of a Mike 
Angelo cherub. 

He said, 'Did you say I fnay, sir?' 
'No,' ,1 said, 'I didn't, say you may, 
sir. But now that you suggest it; I 
.will say you may, sir.' 

'What would like to hear,' he asked 
me, 'classical, operatic or popular?' 
. . 'Call ■-. your shot/; I. said, . 'arid you 
better be good.' 

I leaned up against a convenient 
telegraph pole and the kid started to 
sing. He had One of those Christmas 
carol voices. He sang an aria from 
'La Boheme.* :As far as he was con 
cerned he might as Well have been 
singing from the stage of the; Met. 
He had all the poise and cocksure- 
ness of a John Charles Thomas. He 
hit a couple of high ones with the 
accuracy of Annie Oakley. The 
chills ran down my spine. That 
kid sang four songs for me. He sang 
me sober; I gave him a $5 bill.. 

'How long have you been around 
our town?' I asked him. 'I have 
been here as long as I can remem- 
ber, sir/ he said. I took him ; oyer 
to the Roosevelt and. he- sang for 
Al Woods, the great New. York im- 
presario." I watched Al's face, and 
I could see a teardrop start. Here 
I had a boy of 12 and you could see 
he had something— that touch that, is 
genius. He had been standing in 
front of the Beachcorhber. cafe for 
months singing for those who would 
listen or selling a Liberty now arid 
then to those who wouldn't, and all 
the time, bottled up in that tiny 
frame of his that kid had something 
those bums who were too busy/ or, 
to arrogant to listen to, would have 
g'iveri their "right eye for.- 
:. I took that kid up to my agent the 
next day. That was a month ago. 
This afternoon I picked up a Holly- 
wood paper, I don't know — maybe 
there is a Santa Clause. 
The press report said: " » 
'Hailed by Leon Machan, official 
pianist of the Cleveland • Symphony 
Orchestra, as possessing genius gifts, 
Richard: Haydel, 12-year-old singer; 
dancer and pianist, is to be groomed 
for big things by Metrb-Goldwyn- 
Mayer. He has just been signed. The 
•first film in which he may appear is 
'The Yearling,' though It remains to 
be seen whether this will be in the 
top role. He's in line for it, any- 
way, made some test scenes from the 
story and also gave a personal dem- 
onstration of his talents for Louis 
B. Mayer and other executives. 
. 'He will be coached at the studio. 
'Haydel was born in Helena, Ark.' 



14 Cartoons Bid for Acad Shorts 

Entries for Oscars 





Clear the Way t 



Hollywood/Feb. 4. 
WBrner studio Is overcrowded 
these days with a record num- 
ber . . of actors, directors and 
writers. • 

, Contract list Includes .21 atars, 
48 featured players, 14 direc- 
tors, 48 writers, 11 dialog direc- 
tors, 12; associate producers and 
■even composers. . 



Profit on 1940 






While Its financial report for 1940 
will hot be available until March, 
RrfO likely will show : a modest 
net profit as against the. $186,495 
deficit for 1939. 

Aside from foreign, operations, 
RKO Radio, the film producing and 
distributing subsid; - is expected to 
show a slight improvement; while 
earnings theatre subsidiaries are re- 
ported as running substantially 
ahead of 1939. 

Until Atlas (Floyd B. Odium) ex- 
ercises its option for- Mike Meehan's 
Keith - Albee - Orpheum preferred 
shares,, the company's directors will 
defer until March any decision to 
acquire all or part of the Meehari 
holdings, • 

.■ Improved domestic revenues par- 
tially offsetting foreign losses is un- 
derstood to be back of restoration to 
RKO execs of the 10% to 50% cuts 
that were imposed In October, 1939, 
shortly after the European war broke 
out. 

. Slash applied to . everyone earn- 
ing more than $4j56C a year. Num- 
ber of execs under contract also took 
pay cUt' to help the company ride 
out the lean : period which the en 
tire film industry feared was im 
pending/ Those earning $4,500 to 
$10,000 yearly took a 10% slice; up 
to $20,000, 20%; up to $30,000, 25%; 
to $40,000, 30%; to $50,000, 35%; to 
$75,000, 40%, and all above $75,000, 
50%. • - 



Nugent Draws Truth* 

Hollywood, Feb. 4. 

Paramount signed Elliott : Nugent 
to direct the Bob Hope-Paulette God- 
dard co-starrer, 'Nothing But the 
Truth,' slated to start March 24.. 

Nugent was director of 'The Cat 
arid the Canary/ in which Hope and 
Goddard starred. >■-., ■''.;"" 



Ex-Scripter Shot to Death 

Holly wood, Feb. 4^ • 
Jack Kuhn, 44, former screen 
wr|ter, was shot to death In S'lmi, 
Cal., Jan. 30. '; ■ _ •_ .;.. 

Arrested ; 'for the shooting; was a 
former inmate of the Preston State 
School. '. /• 



JACK FORRESTER'S U.S. 
PRODUCTION COMPANY 



BEPUBLIC'S; TRIBUTE 

Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
New 'sound stage and other con^ 
struction work will cost Republic 
around $385,000. . 

The ; stage will be named after 
Ford Sterling. ■ ' " <.' 




to 




VBritisJi film: production off 50%, c . . . . . , . i.. , /. .'. ....... 

Radio Reviews: Herbert Marshall, 'Friendship Bridge,' 
Hope, Fred Bate. ; . ... . . .'.v.- ....... .... ; . /. .,. v.- . 

American royalties disquiets Cuba . . . ... . . /. . . ... .... ... . 

ASCAP song sales dry up. ....... , ...../;;/. 

Fort Oix s snows* • • • • ■■ ♦ • • » • .* • « • • • • • • • • • •'•-»• • * * • • • *> • • • 

Jaff e quits as AG-VA counsel. , t .>.... /... . ^ . . . 

Frank Sullivan's instructions. . . , .,. /. . . .... . . . /. . , , 

Swing to Sunday shows. > 
George Hale sues Jolson. 



I • • * * «.l 



.....Page 13 
./...Page 24 
Bob .':/; 
.....Page 42 
.....Page 47 
.:. . . .Page 47 
.... .Page 51 
.Page 51 

Page 57 

Page 57 

.....Page 58 



Jack Forrester, formerly active in 
Forrester-Parant Productions of 
France, has formed Forrester Film 
Corp. in N. Y. state, charter being 
granted on Monday (3), with O'Brien, 
Driscoll & Raf tery as his law firm. 
Shareholders include Frank Ryan, 
,N. Y. broker, and James D. MpPney, 
president of General Motors Export 
and a director of General Motors 
Armament. : Forrester Is president 
and general manager, 
. Purpose of new company is to pro- 
duce all • types of motion pictures, 
more specially for major company 
release. Forrester leaves for the 
Coast ' at the.; end of this week to 
huddle with directors arid, suitable 
story material for. the. initial picture. 

Forrester is native-born '.American, 
returned to U, S. about six months 
ago after having been active in pro- 
ducing and ; distributing films , in 
France for about 12 years. His most 
recent/ better known pictures are 
'Generals Without Buttons,' That 
They May Live' arid 'Ballerina, 
among about 80 French" pictures 
while in Europe. Screen personalities 
under contract to him include Raimu 
(just before the war')/ Harry Baur 
Danielle Darrieux, Tino Rossi, Gaby 
Marley, Francois Rosay and Vivian 
Romance. Although invited to' re 
turn to the Vichy government and 
make pictures* Forrester declined be 
cause of the supervision and control 
by the government which he felt in 
turn would, be regulated, by Berlin 
. Forrester has a, number of his own 
story properties . never before used 
but will look over available (Screen 
yarns in Hollywood before picking 
his first vehicle. One of his flr&t 
tasks will be to pick a name Amer- 
ican director, hence the. Cpast trek. 
He is not set on -a releasing' outlet 
but has- "Several propositions under 
consideration. 

Officers are: Forrester, prez and 
g.m.;' Ryan, tresaurer; R. Robert 
Proddow, also a Wall St. broker, sec. 



.Hollywood, Feb. .4. 
Nominations, for the Oscar awardi 
lh short subjacta this year have ail 
been turned in for Judgment by thV 
Academy cpmtnitt.ee!,. They consist of 
14 cartoons, 11 twp-reelers arid four 
documentary films. 

Cartoons are 'Snubbed By a Mob,' 
Fleischer; 'Yoii Ought to Be .iri Pic. 
tures'/ Warners; *A Wild 'Hare/ War- 
ners; 'Raggedy . Ann and Raggedy 
Andy/ Fleischer* 'Knock, Knock/' 
Universal; 'Puss Gets Boots,' Metro;' 
'Billy Mouse's Awakade,' 20th-Fox;! 
The Mad Hatter/ Columbia; 'West- 
ern Daze,' Paramount;: 'Wimmin Ij 
a l^ystery/ -Fleischer; 'Early Worm 
Gets ; the Bird,' Warners; 'Cross Coun- 
try Detours/ Warners; 'Recruiting' 
Daze,' Universal, and 'Milky Way/ 
Universal 

Short subjects are divided into two 
classes, those of 1,000 feet or less, 
and those between 1,000 and 3,000 
feet Many . of the latter are con- 
cerned with educational and military 
themes. Elirninatioris are being made 
by the preliminary judging commit- 
tee, after which .the winners will 
be, chosen at a: final showing. Walt 
Disney has no entries in the cartoon 
shorts cornpetitiori this year, for the 
first time. . He announced that he 
was centering his. work ori feature 
production. ,. 

. Six Tlniers Entered 

Ten: blacik-and- white and six color 
films have been placed in contention, 
on the -basis of quality' in, cinema- 
tography. In the former, bracket are 
'Abe Lincoln in Illinois/ RKO; 'All 
This, arid Heaven Too/ Warners; 
'Arise, My Love/ Paramount; 'Boom 
Town/ Metro; 'Foreign Correspond- 
ent/ ' Wahger-United.. Artists; 'The 
Letter/ Warners; The Long Voyage 
Home/ Argosy- Wanger-United Art- 
ists; 'Rebecca/ David Selznick : United 
Artists; 'Spring Parade/ Universal, 
and 'Waterloo Bridge/ Metro. . 

Starters in the tint class are 'Bit- . 
tersWeet/ Metro; The Bluebird/ 
20th-Fox; 'North West Mounted Po- 
(Continued on page 20) 



OHIO CLERGY SEE WAR 
AND PIX BIZ ALLIED 



Columbus, Feb. 4, 

Annual report on films presented 
to the Ohio Pastors' Convention, iri 
session here last Week, charged Hol- 
lywood producers with shunning - 
'their inherent social responsibilty/ 
criticized , drinking scenes, pointed 
out that 'war is being glorified/ and 
claimed that 'certain financial inter- 
ests are known to have vast financial 
holdings in both the film and mili- 
tary equipment industries.' It was 
explained, however, ' that the report 
was not a blanket condemnation of 
the industry, whose 'moral and social 
balance sheet is in the black.' 

Resolution adopted by the conven- 
tion reproached the industry for the 
'notable increase (in pictures) in the 
glorification of war and the implica- 
tion that military methods can best 
overcome fascism and other pseudo- 
philosophies that bedevil the world/ 



Small Gets Back Into 
Stride With UA Pair 



Hollywood, Feb. 4. 

Edward Small returns to film pro- 
duction next week, with five pictures 
slated for . release on the 1941-43 
United Artists program. Producer 
goes to bat With tw<i screen dramas 
simultaneously— "The Corsicari Broth-? 
ers' and 'My Official Wife/ 

Remainder of Small's commitrhents 
are 'Sabotage/ She Was a Working 
Girl* and a tropical feature, still, un- 
Utied. ^ . ■ ■ : . 

; Max Golden checked off the 20th- 
Fox lot to become production: riianr 
ager for Edward Small. • 

Spot , was recently; vacated by. Val 
Paul. '.' / 

Edward Small Dorrowed Ralph 
Murphy from Paramount to direct 
one of . his pictures for United Art- 
ists release. 

Murphy, who recently finished. *LM 
Vegas Nights' fPr Paramount, 
checked in yesterday (Moh. ) at Gen- 
eral Service itudlo/ . 



Wednesday, February 8, 1941 



PICTURES 5 







There is a page of film company advertising in this week's 
issue -. ot Variety which is conspicuous by its absence. The 
reason* quite frankly stated by ' the producer, .is because the; 
review of one of his pictures,; published recently in Variety, 
does not coincide with the. producer's:^ 

Of course, this subject of trade reviews of films, plays, vauder 
Viile' acts, radio programs 1 , bands and all other forms of popular 
entertainment is one with whicli; Variety is well informed, 
through experience, having treated with the matter in its vari- 
ous aspects some 35 years, since, the founding of the paper. 1 : 

Each Recurring' in Va- 
riety's opinion, however, usually preseuts some new angle,: V In 
the current instance, the producer puts forth the -interesting, 
if somewhat fallacious, theory that Variety, having informed 
motion picture exhibitors that the picture has some glaring 
shortcomingSi is not . a proper or effective medium for the. ad-, 
vertising . of his wares. " : ' 

The 'chastisement' takes the form of cancelled -advertising. 

^'''ThrpugV:the.'years^.yARiETY- has been subjected; to nUmerqus: 
types of - retribu tion / 'ranging from threatened bodily injury - to 
drawing-room snubs. But that's another story. •■'. : . 

Ordinarily . ah ihcideiit such as the above would hot be 
deemed important enough' for comment. But it so happens that 
.. this entire matter of trade^ press reviews of films is very likely 
to be widely discussed when the new season's product is ready 
for presentation to the exhibitors of the country. Under the 
terms of the consent decree, which the five major companies 
have signed, all pictures must be shown to the trade at screen- 
ings before the distributors are permitted to negotiate any ex- 
hibition licenses with theatres. 



. Under the blind-selling, block-booking, method, how abol- 
ished by the. consent decree, an entire season's program of films 
sold by each compaiiy, frequently well in advance of the 
completion of the first picture of the group. . Trade-press re- 
viewing, tinder the system which is now prohibited by the de- 
cree, 1 served the highly useful function of informing exhibitors 
of the exploitation values of a picture and its strength or weak- 
ness in first, runs, which play single features, or in the ever- 
growing number of houses which have capitulated to the dou- 
.ble-bill policy. 

Starting with next season's releases, exhibitor-readers of the 
trade press will look to these publications for actual and practi- 
, cal buying guidance.. It may be true that at the beginning of 
. the' new order or sales' procedure many exhibitors will attend 
the trade-showings; but it will not be long before exhibitors 
will find it impossible to devote the time necessary to see all the 
film so screened, and they will depend more than ever before on 
experienced and expert trade press reviews. 

Reviews that are written with one eye on the business office 
and the other on the producers' advertising departments are 
■ not likely to be of much value to the thousands' of theatre oper- 
ators whose interest solely is in an honest, fair and sound ap- 
praisal of a film. Exhibitors, generally, and the bookers of the 
major and independent circuits in particular, are quite able to 
distinguish between a service which is conducted for their in- 
formation and help from one that is operated on the principle 
that the nerves and sensibilities of the producers must have 
first consideration. 



The crux of the issue is that the film industry will be in 
greater need of a strong, independent trade press, under the 
consent decree rules, than ever before. - 



. So far as Variety is concerned there will be; no change or 
modification of policy to cope ■■■with, the greater responsibilities 
imposed upon its ' reviewing columns by the operation , of the 
consent decree. Editoriai principles which have been observed 
fpMnpre than a third-of-century were clearly outlined in the first 
issue of this newspaper on' Dec. 16, 1905. Sime wroit: 
■;-.V , -The first, foremost and extraordinary feature of . 
. V. it .(Variety) will be' FAIRNESS. Whatever, there 
' ' • is ; to be printed of interest to the professional 
world WILL BE PRINTED WITHOUT RE- • ; 
: GARD TO WHOSE, NAME IS MENTIONED . 
OR THE ADVERTISING COLUMNS.. ^ ; 
;.■ • >. ;'The reviews will be A#jtten ; '- ; c6.nsc^ : eh.tiQiisly;,. 
and the truth only told. If it hurts it is at least 
said. in fairness and impartiality. . ..'•.'.••/ 

• - Do you want to read a paper that's honest 
from the title page to its' last line? That will .keep 
its columns clean of -wash notices?' THAT 
WILL NOT BE INFLUENCED BY ADVER- 
TISING? That's VARIETY.': . ; 



, By : adherence to such policy Variety has suryivedv Its use- 
Jjhiess and service, to the trade have expanded with the gr >-\\:th 
W show business. 




Unable tb Climb Out of De- 
pression Low, Which Is 

. Same as Prevailed in 1924, 
Prior to. Industry's Ma jor 

: Advances . ..' 



PRICE-CUTTING 

The average admission price, 
which has remained at 23c. from 1936 
until the end of last year, continues 
to: hold to the low level of other , re- 
tail prices- produced by the 1929-31 
depression era, according.' to a com- 
pilation made, by trade experts' In 
the U. S. Department of Commerce/ 
statistics covering i924. to 1940. • 

Conclusions derived from this 
summary are (1) that the. influence 
of the depression era Is about exf 
hausted but the average of cinemas 
admissions : fails to climb, (2) that 
the period of cut-throat competition 
generated by the depression con- 
tinues, and' (3) that this same fierce 
competition' may actually prevent 
tilting the average admission fee 
despite a substantial prosperity era 
how in prospect. 

Amazing feature of this resume on 
the average ■ admission price is that 
the present 23c, is the same as the 
average which, prevailed in 1924. 
This is despite advanced prices on 
(Continued ' on page. 22) 



ONE-MAN TRUST 
TRY CHARGED 




Launching a vigorous counter at-, 
tack oh Samuel Goldwyn', United 
Artists Monday (3) filed answer 
in the N.Y; federal court to the pro- 
ducer's breach of contract suit 
against It. 

•The plaintiff comes Into court 
with unclean hands,* declares 'UA. 
Gbldwyn's 'unclean hands' are then 
explained by the disclosure that at 
a stockholder meeting on Jan. .12, 
1939, Goldwyn demanded that 
Charles Chaplin, the Fickford Corp. 
and Alexander Korda, each a one- 
fifth owner of. the company like 
himself, execute a voting-trust 
agreement for a period of three 
years which would have, in effect, 
given the producer all the voting 
powers over their stock and a 100% 
right to elect officers, and directors. 
Goldwyn threatened that unless this 
right was granted him he would op- 
. ' Continued on page 18) 



BIOFF'S INCOME TAX 
TRIAL DUE JUNE 24 



Hollywood, Feb. 4. . 
Willie Bioff goes to trial June. 24 
on the charge that he defrauded the 
Government of $85,000 in income 

' Defendant is at liberty on a bond 
presented by hij attorney at the set- 
ting of the trial date. . ^ 



Four Biggies for Sisk 



.•• Hollywood. Feb. 4. 
Robert Sisk .'draws ' four big-budgr 
■e't''pi'ciures-' : w''-his-''produc'tioh'.-. , schBdr' 
ule at Ri£0, .beginning .with .the 
Ginger Rogers . starrer, . 'Tom, . Dick 
and Harry.' : . . . 

. Other ' three are 'Valley of the 
Sun.' 'Wrapped in Cellophane* and 
an. untitled yarn . starring Charles 
Laught'on. : -v 





of Tax Legislation 










Oh, My Gosh! 



Early edition of the Los An- 
geles Herald-Express carried A 
story . which read, in part: 'J. 
Casanova. Cowdin, /chairman of ■ 
the board; of Universal Pictures 
Co.,- Inc., In toils annual report,' 
etc. . ■''-■■■ 

Yarn was corrected In the next 
edition. 




sto 







Besides the election of directors. 
Voting on the approval of a new five- 
year contract with Nicholas M. 
Schenck, president,. Is the most imr 
portant business to come before the 
annual stockholders' meeting of 
Loew's, Inc., next Tuesday (11). 
Proxy statement mailed shareholders 
outlines information on the proposed 
new Schenck pact.; Schenck . has 
been president of Loew's since the 
deaih of the founder, Marcus Loew, 
in 1927. Present contract runs until 
the end of this year. 
0 New contract, starting next Jan. 1, 
calls for $2,500 per week, as present- 
ly, paid him, plus 2%% of the com- 
bined annual net profits of the com- 
pany after seven deductions. Week- 
ly salary includes an allowance for 
expenses excepting thosa Incurred 
during travel. 

The proflt-sharin g arrangement Is 
made after $2 per shars dividend Is 
deducted on each share of common 
(2,745,744); after tax deductions, In- 
terest on bonds, mortgages and loans 
and after certain Culver City studio 
(Continued on page 8) 



HAYS, RECOVERED; 
EN ROUTE TO COAST 



. Sufficiently recovered from a severe 
attack of flu so that he could travel* 
Will Hays left for the Coast Mon- 
day (3) night .He expects to be 
gone from N. Y. until early March 
when he .returns In time to prepare 
his 1940 report for presentation to 
the annual meeting of the Motion 
Picture Producers & Distributors 
Assn. ' '.■'.' ;'. 

Hays was confined to bed for more 
than two weeks but had recovered 
sufficiently Monday to go to his of- 
fice. MPPDA chief originally 
planned to' be in Hollywood by the 
middle, of February but his .illness 
kept him .east . Expected meeting of 
Hays office directors probably will 
not be held until fie returns • from 
the Coast. Matter of . a . new Hays? 
contract may. be taken up before 
then, since his present .. flvc-yeai* 
pact expires March 15. ''v. 



Keeping Par Tunes Q. T. ; 
Until ASCAP Clarifies 

■ Hollywood, Feb. 4. , 
With rash ; of -songwriters : breaking 
out all over the Hollywood land- 
scape, due to the ASCAP-broadcaster 
imbroglio, Paramount is holding back 
publicity on ditties written for 'Kiss 
the Boys Goodbye.' . . \ : 

Victor Scheftziriger, . .-'composer-, 
director, declared the song iitlcs are 
being 'kept in the dark' to foil op- 
portunists who . .would- appropriate 
wordage for What capital coulri be I 
made of It. Schertzinger, who did 
'Boys* and is an ASCAP member, dc- 
manded studio blapkout on advance .. 
publicity. • ' ; ■ I 



With nearly every ope i6f the; 48 ; 
states scheduled to hold legislatiya 
sessions this year, flood of bilis into 
the. hopper in different fctate capitals 
already vindicates the; film industry 
will be the target of fresh and addi- 
tional tax legislation; /Measures In- 
troduced or being prepared shows 
many states seeking additional reve- 
nue because of hikes in pension al- 
lotments, several planning sales .tax*, 
es :\ outright levies , \ ; admissions; 
and . little relief offered in bills 
drawn to date. So-called chance 
games also will come In for full 
share of consideration , by salons. '';. 

Resume of legislation introduced 
thus far shows both Nebraska and 
New York looming as the most 
troublesome states for the picture 
business, latter largely because so 
many representatives have their pet 
schemes for raising money. . : Legisla- 
tor Newbauer, reputed to have been 
ah exhiuitor at one time, has a flock 
of anti-film business measures' lined 
up in Nebraska. One is an out- 
right. 10% amusement tax bill: An- 
other would assess the distributor 
$1 for each reel of film rented In the 
state. .A third would charge each . 
motion picture distributor $1,000 an- 
nually to do business in Nebraska. 
The amusement tax. would be so se- 
vere that a 15c ticket would have a 
2c tax tacked on. 

New York's principal threatening 
bill Is Assemblyman Bewley's pro- 
posed 3% gross receipts tax.. Part of 
this would place a .5% tax on ad- 
missions in excess of 50c. Same leg-" 
. (Continued on page 20) '' 

DESYLVA INTO 
LE BARON'S 
PAR SPOT 



B. G. DeSylva, vet songwriter, now 
an associate producer at Paramount, 
has been appointed executive pro- 
ducer at the studio, succeeding Wil- 
liam Le Baron, who resigned during 
the past week. 

Higher berth for DeSylva is effec- 
tive May 1. Meantime, he! is turning 
but 'Caught in the Draft' for Par, 
a comedy.. DeSylva also is producer 
of the two current legit hits, 'Pana- 
ma Hattie' and 'Louisiana Purchase.' 



Le Baron an Indie Producer . 

Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
; : William LeBarbn is leaving Par- 
amount after nine years at the studio 
as producer and more recently as 
managing director, of all production. 
He will produce independently, and - 
likely release, through Paramount. ; 



COL'S COAST HUDDLE 
ON '41-42 PRODUCT 



Lineup pfvproduct. for next season 
is being huddled on with studio execs 
on the G.oast .'.by. a .bevy of Columbia 
home .office execs Who Went west for 
the purpose oyer the weekend. Dis- 
cussion of sales plans, .in view of the 
decree Which makes Columbia, Uni- 
versai " and United . Artists the only 
companies eligible to sell a full, sea- 
.•:on's product in advance — is also 
Inking place, . 

Those who went to the Coast: in- 
clude Jack Cuhri, v.'p'.r Abe Mpntague, 
sajp.*;mnna'Kfir; A. Schneider, -treas- 
urer, and Joe McConville, foreign 
m.inatfor..- " 



PICTURES 




Wednesday* February 5, 1941 



ARBITRATION BDS. SINCE OPENING (1) 



Exhibs Wait for an Opening Act — No Rush Ex- 
pected, However, U n til Blocks - of - 5 Selling 
Starts This Summer " ' l ':; 



Failure of exhibitors to .file; any 
complaints for arbitration immedi- 
ately that all of the '31 local trib- 
unals were opened Saturday. (IX is 
ascribed: to the desire' of theatre op- 
erators in each ..of their respective 
zones to sit back awhile to -see what 
the other fellow is going to do, also 
to ' the probability that most film 
accounts will wait , until, selling in 
blbcks^of rfiv.e begins. That will hot 
be . until June at the. earliest, and. 
most likely for hot all bf the five 
companies under the new sales sys- 
tem until some time in Juiy. 

Thus far exhibitors interested In 
arbitration • have : only made inquiries, 
mostly concerning, routine, • and It's 
understood that this, groiap included 
only about a dozen through Monday 
(3.), when also no actual complaints 
were filed. After filing a complaint, 
17, days must; elapse "before a hear- 
. ing, in order, to. prepare, the. :papers;' 
notify the various parties involved 
and arrange for arbitrators. . 

A large , number of complaints 
from: exhibitors are not: ' expected 
until the summer; largely because 
the question : . of clearance / will be-; 
cOrrie * .part of negotiation . on the 
1941-42 product when it's in quintet 
blocks. Existing clearance may . be 
considered unfair and certain exhibs 
may. seek to have it changed imme- 
diately,, but such protection as now I 
. applies was' a part of the current 
season's (1940-41) deals. Consent de- 
cree does not figure except in the 
sale of the '41-42 pictures, although 
arbitration machinery has been- set 
up in advance and the cost of main- 
taining it- must be borne from the 
outset. 

Waiting for Selling Season ; 

American Arbitration Assn. sources 
do not believe, that cases, will start 
to pile up until the companies party 
to the decree (Metro, Paramount, 
RKO (> Warners and 20th-Fox) actu- 

. ally, start offering '41-42 pictures. . At 
that time, complaints will- involve 
clearance and cetrain demands on 
the part of exhibitor for changes. 
Also, when '41-42 product is ready 
for screening and sale, other matters 
will ■ come up such as . shorts, dis- 
crimination, refusal of - runs re- 
quested, etc. 

Meantime, exhibs are studying the 
conditions . that may prevail under 
the new order Of distribution-exhibi- 
tion relations and, it is predicted, 
will be in no rush to arbitrate for 
shifts in clearance at too early a 
date for fear that any decision now 
handed down may prove less de- 

. sizable than after groups-of-five are 
starting to selL 

The AAA is. confirming the ap- 
pointment of arbitrators and by next 
week will have at least 10 ready to 
serve on each, of the 31 panels, or a 
total of 310 minimum. . The ultir 
mate total is to be 1,170. Full as- 
signment of 1,170, plus a probable 10 
extra . arbiters on each panel as 
emergency appointees to serve in 
very special instances, is expected to 
be set before June 1; 

Managers of the . 31 boards went 
on the payroll Saturday (1) arid have 
been provided with 28 different 
forms that will be used in film in- 

. diistry arbitration procedure; - One 
of these, which the • exhibitor must 

• • ign when .filing a. case, Is that be 
agrees 1 to 'the "arbitration award to 
be made. Thisi iri.a jsense, makes the 
arbitration compulsory, although 
under the consent decree an exhib 
is riot forced, to utilize this ineans 
and may go into court if he de- 

'"■•Si: .'Appeals Board Set- 
: The appeals board : of three;; to- be 

, ' located in New York at. offices in Ra- 
dio CityV for. which leajse arranger 
rhents were made tn January^ was 
completed Monday (3), when Albert 
W. Putnam, of . HarfispnV'N.- Y„ and 
George W. Alger, of N. Y. C, were 
appointed a&o&^es.'at $17,500 yearly 
for three years "to* serve with Van 
. Vechten Veeder. Last-mentioned, 
chairman of the appeals tribunal was 
appointed Nov. 20 at $20,000 arinu-r 
. allyi Former Mayor James J. Walker 
-had been backed by campaign 

. within the- picture industry for $ 
post on the appeals board. 

Both Putnam arid Alger are on the 
payroll retroactive to Saturday (1). 
Former, who has been practising law 
■since 1900, is a member of the law 



O'Brien's 20tfeFo* Pact 



firm 'of - Wiritrpp, Simpson, Putnam & 
Roberts in N. Y. Alger, also a law- 
yer,' acted • as special master, in the 
RKO reorganization ; . proceedings 
through appointment by J udge Wil- 
liam Bondy. Iri 1926 he became the 
Moreland Act comiriissioner handling 
prison parole, while later he turned 
to labor law, particularly with re- 
lation to child labor. He is a mem- 
ber of the firm of Alger & Coughlan, 
also of N.- Y. ^ • ■:.'■'-.■ 

' ■ AAA's Radio Broadcast • 
■-. ' In launching arbitration Saturday: 
(1), the AAA went on the air over 
a Mutual hQOkup from Coast-to- 
Coast for a 15-minute broadcast at 
7:15 p.m. that night,- with those in - 
charge of the 31 local tribunals, in- 
structed to listen in. 
. G. V. . Whitriey, presidieht 'of the 
AAA, discussed arbitration and what 
it . means, while' / Paul Felix War- 
burg, chairman of the film adminis- 
trative committee, of the association, 
discussed it from the picture indus- 
try angle, expressing hope that arbi- 
tration might be administered satis- 
factorily, with economy arid 6peed. 
Wesley A. Sturges, professor of law 
at Yale, also of the Warburg film 
committee, commented on arbitration 
as. iri force In other Industries. ' 



; '■ Hollywood, . Feb. A. 
Pat O'Brien closed . a 20th-Fox deal ' 
for tw pictures • a .year, for an 
definite period, non-exclusive. . 
' Studio and actor are:talking over 
the iriitialeT. ' • "-. ■:■■[''. \' \ : •• . 



3 MPLS. INDIES READY 
CASES FOR ARBITRATION 



Studio Contracts 



Minneapolis, Feb. 4. 
Init : al cases before the consent de- 
cree's arbitration, board here will in- 
volve product difficulties. Three 'in- 
dependent exhibitors who have been 
unable to obtain a desired type of 
pictures have announced their in- 
tention to go before the board for 
•relief.' • ;.'...' 

E. J. Welsfeldt, managing director 
of the Riverside, Milwaukee, and 4,- 
000-seat Minnesota here, using a 
yaudfllm policy, says that the case 
for the Minnesota will-be ready for 
the board within a fortnight. With 
the Paramount affiliated circuit arid 
Mort H. Singer pool having virtually 
all of the major product sewed up 
for downtown here, the Minnesota 
has 'had to depend on independent 
releases for. Its screen fare. 

Bennie Berger says he will ask the 
board to compel the /exchanges to 
service his Esquire, loop sure-sea ter. 
He can't get major product now and 
is using reissues. 

Also in search of •relief for his 
Gayety, lower loop dime subsequent- 
run dual feature house; Is Irving 
Gillman, who Is having considerable 
trouble In - getting pictures. 



CHAPLIN FILM GOES 
fiUTII^ 

Expected to become available 
March 1 or a week, later on a general 
release • basis, reported in buyer ■ 
circles that the Chaplin picture,.: 'Dibr 
tatqr,' will be negotiated on deals -at 
40% of the gross with no provision 
to be made concerning admission 
miriijbnuiris. . Split - conditions , could 
raise the rental to a . rtiaximum : of 
4s%, it is said. Earlier accounts; 
when the film Vjas taken off road- 
showing, were that it would go at 

50%. / ' ". ".; .*.*/;;,:•/ 

'Dictator,' initially sold, on scat- 
tered deals, sought to emulate, the 
stiff .terms . under which - 'Gone* was 
merchandised by Metro. Buyers 
paid 70% . straight percentage and 
agreed to . play the fllrn , at 75c mat- 
inees and $1.10 evenings.— Loew's 
was the biggest circuit gambler on 
the filni at those terms but along 
with other exhibitors were disap- 
pointed in some spots. 

United Artists has been holding off 
for about six months before making 
'Dictator'- available on general re- 
lease due . to conditions along . those 
lines understood . when roadshow 
agreements were made. 



Vallee Resigns Jukebox 
Company's Presidency 

Rudy Vallee last week, severed a 
short-lived association with Vis-6- 
Graph Corp., jukebox . film i. outfit. 
Orch leader had recently been elect- 
ed prez of the company and was to 
have limited supervision of produc- 
tion, although it was said to be 
mainly a publicity tieup. Recent 
commitments for films at Universal 
and Columbia,- however, have now 
made/it impossible for Vallee to take 
any part in the see-box production, 
hence his resignation^ 

Sam Coslow unit, .producing for 
Mills-Roosevelt Panorams, began 
shooting Monday (3> at Fine- Arts 
studios -on the Coast. Number of 
original songs by Coslow will be 
among first batch of subjects by 
Buddy Rogers and Bobby Sherwood 
orchs. 




. -Admitting that the consent decree 
ends blind selling, one of Allied 
States Association's objectives for 
many years, but pointing up that if 
the distributors are not scrupulous- 
ly fair in selling under the new 
system the hardships will outweigh 
the benefits, the . exhibitor organiza- 
tion offered/ a report on policy at its 
annual board of directors meeting 
during the past week held in Wash- 
ington. . 

Col. H. A. Cbiej Texas, exhibitor, 
was re-elected president at this meet- 
ing and Abram F. Myers was re- 
tained as chairman of the board and 
general counsel. Martin G. Smith, 
was; elected treasurer; Ht. A. Blum,- 
financial secretary; Charles "H'. : Olive, 
secretary, and Arthur. 'Ki Howard, 
recording secretary. Executive com- 
mittee for the coming year includes 
these, plus : Nathan. Yamins, Sidney 
. E. Samuelson, Jack Kirsch, M. ' A. 
Rosenberg and Roy E. Harrold. 

A resolution was passed appoint- 
ing W. A. Steffes, veteran ' north- 
western leader of Allied, as honor- 
ary national councillor of Allied 'to 
the end that we may have the bene- 
fit of his . advice and suggestions 
from time to time as he' may, see fit 
to impart the same.' He has -been 
ill for some titne and was forced : 



to withdraw as. president of North- 
west Allied. • ' 

Report,' in pari, of the committee 
on policy, relating to the position of 
Allied on the consent decree is as 
follows: . . ' ' '■ 



I. Compulsory Block Booking and 
Blind Selling 



1. Adrnittedly Sec. Ill, , providing 
for trade showings, is a remedy for 
blind selling. Heretofore Allied has 
contended for the identification, of: 
pictures, synopses instead of trade 
showings, so that, pictures could be 
sold in advance and; iri such quanti- 
ties 'as the parties might agree upon. 
Some exhibitors are concer ned about 
Sec. • in because of its close relation 
to the provision for selling hi groups 
of five.- But -: putting. put. : qf mind dif- 
ferences as to the most acceptable 
method of accomplishing the. desired 
end, it must be conceded that the 
Cbnserit Decree ends blind selling. 

"2. Sec. IV, providing for the selK 
irig of pictures in groups of not more 
than five each, makes selling some-, 
what more elastic than it now is, 
but it does not abolish compulsory 
block booking. Under the new sys- 
tem weak pictures can still be 
forced with the strong. .Selling at 
Continued on page 18) ." 



Hollywood, Feb. 4. 

Pa'ttl McCarthy inked player pact 
at Columbia. 

20th-Fox picked up Ann Baxter's 
acting' option. . . 

Lucille Fairbanks ; Was awarded a 
new player ticket at. Warners. 
■ Superior 1 .Court approved Roddy 
McDowell's minor contract with 20th- 
Fox. ''.■/■ ! .- 

Willie Best signed to pact at War- 
ners. - 

Regis Toomey - drew, a Warners 
contract. . / ; ; : . 

: 20th-Fox renewed Robert; Lowery's 
acting ticket for another year. 

Twentieth-Fox handed Arthur C 
Miller; a new earner amati'. contract. 

: Wilson Ashley signed -writer con- 
tract at 20th-Fox f 

/Metro renewed cartoonist con- 
tracts of William Hanna arid Joseph 
Barbera.-; 

PararnoUnt harided a director pact, 
to -Robert Siodmak. > 
. 2pth-Fox:' . lifted - its: option . on 
Charles Tannen. ; 

Jean Gabin ( French actor, due to 
report for a contract at 20th. 

Howard da Silva, legit actor, drew, 
a contract at Warners. 
:. John • Wexley, screen writer, was 
signed by Samuel Gbldwyn.. 

Warners renewed Williarn Orr's. 
acting pact. • , ■/' 

ANNENBERG LOSES 
VS. FOX, MILWAUKEE 

' ■ ' Milwaukee; Feb. 4. 
Litigation started by M. L. Annen- 
berg. interests against the local Fox. 
organization, alleging fraud and mis- 
management in the latter's handling 
of the Oriental and Tower theatres 
oyer a three-year peribd, and de- 
maridirig an. accounting and' division 
of profits, .has ended in a victory for 
Fox; After the involved case had 
been long under advisement. Judge 
Gustave G. . Gehrz in Circuit, court' 
has handed down his decision: 

'Ordering that judgment be entered 
dismissing : the plaintiff's, complaint 
ion its merits and that plaintiffs take 

nothing thereunder; that the defend- 
ants have and recover of the plain- 
tiffs their, costs and disbursements 
taxed herein at the sume of $191,44.' 

Original action was based^pn the 
Annenberg claim that while Fox op- 
erated, its (Anrienberg's) Oriental 
and Tower under . a managerial 
agreement, • Fox rushed pictures out. 
of these houses into its own nearby 
Dowrier and State prior to the, ex- 
piration of the 14-day ^protection 
clause, thereby diverting patronage 
and profits from the Annenberg 
houses to its own theatres: 

Illuminating testimony was offered 
by Aaron Trosch, who was secretary 
of the M.L.A. Investment 1 Co, and 
whOj with M..L. Annenberg, signed 
the managerial agreement with Fox 
in the beginning. Sometimes re- 
ferred to . as Arinenberg's general 
manager, Trosch testified that he 
didn't discuss the operation of. the 
theatres with H. J, Fitzgerald or 
other Fox officials, and had never 
made a : complaint so far as he could 
remember that the operation was riot 
all that it should be. He said he 
went to the theatres occasionally 
when , they were shpwing a picture 
he wanted to see and glanced casu- 
ally at the physical upkeep of the 
houses, but paid ho attention to the 
bookings as he was 'hot a showman.' 

Asked when he found out the Fox 
people, were playing pictures, in the 
Downer and State iri violation of trie: 
clearance schedule, he replied: . . 

'When I got a. notice from Mr- 
Hazen (New York attbrney arid sOfir 
in-law of Annenberg) and Walter 
Annenberg (son of M. L. ), arid I got 
particular heir for being a sleeper/ 
. This- notice came after the Fox 
group had been running the Oriental 
and Tbyirer for three years, Trosch 
testified, arid 'after we had given no- 
tice We were ;gbing;. to terrninate our 
coritract.' " 

Trosch said he . was unable to re- 
fresh -r his meiriory 'with . dbcunients as 
the . cornpariy files coritaining all 
records.and correspondence had been 
taken by Uncle Sam - in the Govern- 
ment prosecution of M. L. Annenberg 
for' income, tax evasion; art pfferise 
for which Annenberg is serving a 
threeryear ..prison term ' ' Chicago. 
($1,217,296 was. airiourit involved iri 
tax evasion suit.) 

. Trosch said His connection with 
the Anrienberg compariies terminated 
in August, 1940, and that he is now 
in the news business; 



N. Y. Film Board Lists 
1,068 Houses (1,234,260 
Seats) Operating in '40 

■ Static coridition of theatre busjhesj ' 
in the Greater New York' area is re? 
fleeted by the N. Y. Film Board of 
Trade directory and summary. 0 f 
•film houses at the end of 1940, which 
Was published last: week. Louis 
Nizer, attorney and executive secre. 
tary . of the board,, supervised th» 
compilation of statistics; 
. Film Board reveals that the numv : 
ber of theatres in. the ' Greater New 
York 'area (which includes nearby 
New Jersey /and ; New / York" state 
communities) , • increased from .1,197 
to 1,208,. a year; ago, and that the . 
seatirig capacity grew from .1,343,883 
to' 1,346,594 duririg the . past year. 
Despite this .slight increase, th* 
number bf open theatres ; actually 
dipped from l,Q72i shown' at the end 
•of 1939, to 1,068, with seating .capacr 
ity for these : houses off about 6,000 
to 1^34^60. Nurnber of closed the-/ 
atres Was figured as 140 having 112,< 
334 seats. : 

.' N. Y. Film Board figures show a 
growth in the nuriiber of independ- 
ent theatres to 449 as compared with 
426 a year ago*. This represents an 
increased seating capacity of nearly 
29,000. Coincident with this increase, 
there was a decline in total circuit ' 
operations, only 759 theatres being 
listed as against 771 iri the previbus 
year. This represents a dip iri seat- 
ing capacity for ' these . from .1,023,*. 
016; to 997,365, Of the circuits, the 
number of ■ affiliated theatres in 
N. Y. state rose to. 129 while those 
in New Jersey remained, unchanged 
at 66. 

Report shows 86 houses designated 
as Brandt Theatres while Cinema 
Circuit and Inter-City Circuit, both 
of which, has Max A. Cohen listed 
as representative, are tabbed as haYv 
ing 10 theatres. . 

Board covers New York State as 
far north as Poughkeepsie, besides 
N.'. Y. City: arid- Long Island, and 
as far south as New Jersey, as Tr«n« 
ton. 



LAEMMLE CORP. WINS 
$1,887 FROM N. Y. INDIE 



C. L. Import Co., one of the late . 
Carl Laemmle's corporations dis* 
tributing film in the United State* 
won . a $1,887 verdict agairist Sher< 
man S. Krellberg in N. Y. last week. 
Laemmle outfit brought suit to re- 
cover damages of $150 a day stipu- 
lated in a contract it had with Krell- 
berg. It was 'claimed that latter 
failed to show the film 'Skeleton on 
Horseback' at the Belmont : theatre, 
N. Y., for the full run guaranteed. 
. Defense, represented by Emil K. 
Ellis, was overruled on its claim the 
damage clause was void because it 
was a penalty. Harold M. Goldblatt 
was counsel for the C. L. Imports. : 



Too Wet for Pegasus 



Hollywood, Feb. 4. 

Two more Tim Holt westerns are 
in the writing mill, at RKO, 'Horse- 
back Hurricane* .and 'Deadwood. 
Days.* • '* 

Production is being held up by 
rain in the hills, which has delayed 
Hblt/s current picture, 'Robbers, of 
the Range.' .for two weeks. 



Outdoor Epic 

Hollywood. Feb, 4. - ■ 
.; Next big oiitdoor picture at 20th- 
Fox ^will . be 'Lewis and Clark,' a tale 
of western exploration with Kenneth 
Macgowan as associate producer. 

Cast includes Raridolph Scott, Dean 
Jagg'er, John Carradine and Slim 
Summerville. .. 



THE SARGE'S GAL 

/ Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
. Joan. Leslie gets the femhie lead, 
opposite Gary Cooper . in the high* 
budget picture, 'Sergearit' Yoirk,* »| 
: Warners. r - . ; '• : 

"■■■ Actress,' whb recently celebrates 
her 16th birthday, is the ybungert 
player ever starred by the Burbar* 
studio.,. .•■://?;' ' " V .'■:/. '■■'■.".■"' '■ 

/ 'Outlaw' On Own 

' '/> ■ >: "' Hollywood, Feb. 4. .. 
'. Sale of the Howard Hughes pic- 
ture, 'The Outlaw/ by/SOth-Fox will 

: be by individual contract arid not 
part of " the studio's . - r 4Q-"41 program. 

1 Release is set for March 21. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



PICTURES 








•Secondary' Release at 50-50 Doing Surprisingly 
Big B.Qi on Its Second Year 



That ole debbll *oxofflce grosser, 
«G<)he With the Wind,' Is outstrip- 

- ■'■pihg:;the/%ihter , f:la)est;bllzard.as a 
traffic stopper-: Where It has reV 
opened- at popular admission prices 

• f or jts second season in film houses. 

\ With - returns In from 36 first-run 
continuous engagements, : scattered 
from coast to .coast, indications are 

. pointing, to a 'secondary' fllrji rental 
gross approximating an excess of 
$4,000,000. Exhibition terms gener- 
ally are 50-50; prices of admission, 
50c evenings, 40c matinees, except 
where regular scale is higher. : 

Although authoritative and official 
figures of last season's showing of 
•Gone' never have been issued by the 
■■\ distributor, Metro, expert appraisals 
. within the trade set the boxoffice 
Intake at $20,000,000. Under the 
terms of 70i30,: film rental approxi- 
mated $14,000,000 for the Selznlck- 
International production; This fig- 
ure; combined with the anticipated 
.$4,000,000 rentals from popular price 
release, plus undetermined foreign 
rentals, will place, the ultimate, share 
to distributor and producer at con- 
iiderably more than $20,000,000. 

David O. Selznick announced, co- 
incident, with the first showings of 
the picture in December, 1939,- that, 
the negative, cost . was $3,900,000. 
Metro and S-I are financial partners 
In the production. .. 

Within another week 81 additional 
first run popular price exhibitions 
of .'Gone' will be .initiated, with 
' holdovers in many of the 36 key 
spots now playing the picture. There 
is reported to be nearly 400 prints 
In technicolor available to theatres, 
all of which will be active within 
the next six weeks. 
Only two other films of recent re- 

,. lease are said by showmen to ap- 
proach 'Gone* in 'regular' release. , 
These are 'Boom Town' (M-G) and 
Cecil B. DeMille's 'North West 
Mounted Police* (Par). Outstand- 
ing feature of the grosses being 
rolled up by the Margaret Mitchell 
story is that showings are limited to 
four exhibitions daily, on account of 
Its unusual running time of three 
Jiours and 44 minutes. With news- 
reel and cartoon, turnover is not 
more frequent than every four 
hours. Other films mentioned are 
standard length, allowing five and 
- six showings daily. 

Some Grosses 
Peak boxoffice figure on 'Gone' on 
Its return engagements from Cleve- 
land (Loew's State, . 1st wk., $28,- 
000; 2d wk., $22,000; 3rd aitk. (Still- 
man)i $11,000, and holdover; Bos- 
ton (State and Orpheum, combined, 
1st wk., $51,000; 2d wk., Orpheum, 
$32,000; 3d wk., $28,000), and Pitts- 
burgh (Loew's, $51,000 In two weeks, 
continuing) are Indicative of the re- 
turns generally. 

■"In. Atlanta (Grand) where the 
fum had its premiere at $1.65 scale, 
attendance at the first engagement 
of 16 weeks exceeded by 2O,O0b,per- 
wns the theatre-going, population of 
the c,ity; On the. return- engagement 
the first, week's receipts were $14,- 
000, almost record high* ... : . 

In the face of major competition 
nom strong Broadway bookings, the 
, J?} urn engagement at the Capitol 
(N. Y.) is pushing receipts to the 
higher brackets. In the first week 
the .take was $55,000;. second week, 
?48,000, with every prospect of hold- 
™g. on for several weeks. 



Kyser on Coast 



Hollywood, FebV 4. 
; Kay Kyser trained in yesterday 
(Mon.) to huddle, with RKO officials 
about: another picture, to be made 
during his eight-month stay In Cali- 
fornia. 

Meanwhile, "Kyser will fill an eh-v 
gagemeht on Catalina Island in addi- 
tion to his radio and recording 
chores. His last picture was 'You'll 
Find Out/ . 






PICTURES 



Detroit, FeBT' 4. 

Just how. much this single feature 
stuff Is wishful thinking and how 
much the public really wants it will 
be put to an actual test by the Fox 
here In conjunction with the com- 
ing 'Back Street.' Detroit's first- 
runs are solidly double-feature but 
manager David Idzal is going to 
sample the fans' preference. For the 
matinee bills, the first three of the 
day, which he figures are the 1 bar- 
gain hunters' shows, 'Back Street' 
will be run off with another, feature. 
For the evening shows .it will do a 
solo with selected shorts. 

Not only does he figure that this 
will provide. a basis of comparison Oh 
the run itself . but the week's figures 
can be double-checked against pre- 
ceding weeks' matinees and night 
biz. It's going to be up to the fans 
to show how sincere they were on 
those polls which indicate a decided 
preference; for single, features and 
good shorts but when put into prac- 
tice here didn't seem to clicks 

Shorts are hand-picked. Typical 
of what will be used with 'Back 
Street* is a Wendell Willkie "In- 
formation Please,' backed up here 
for use with an auspicious moment. 
It will 'be shown here following- the 
play he's had on British junket and 
timed nicely with his return from 
abroad. ' 



ura, Eggerth In 
H'wood for Pic Work 

. Hollywood, Feb. .4. 
Universal Is testing Marta Eggerth 
while her husband, Jan Kiepura, 
wilts: a picture deal with one of the. 
/najor .studios. Latter recently com-: 
pieted a . South : American ' concert 
tour. ; ;:. o :. 

Kiepura has an Si A. commitment 
Ior a series of filmusicals. • : 

; : ; BETTE DAVIS' NEXT ..' • 
mri., Hollywood, Feb. 4. 

Widow, of -Devil's Island' will be 
we next picture for Bette Davis at 
Warners. ' ; 

Aeneas Mackenzie is writing the 
script from a Nicol Smith original 



UA, COL, U WIN DELAY 
TO FEB. 17 IN GOV'T SUIT 

'.; Application of Columbia, , United 
Artists, and Universal to force - the 
Department of . Justice to drop the 
ftve : producer-exhibitors . as de- 
fendants: in. the Government's antiV 
trust suit : against them was post-, 
poned to Feb. 17 in the N. Y. federal : 
court Thursday (31) by Judge Henry 
Warren Goddard.'. Attorneys, for the' 
little three ; were so .busy defending 
other, suits that the. application could 
not be heard until then. 

Columbia also will ask for an out- 
right dismissal of : the' action, claim- 
ing it violates the 14th amendment 
to the Constitution, 
. The companies are seeking to force 
the : Gbv'ernment to' drop nil allega* 
tiohs iii the complaint regarding 
theatre ownership, claiming it has' rib : 
bearing on ' .their, status./ ,.-, 

Ragland in Pic flattie''- 

■ Hollywood, Feb; 4. ' 

Rags Ragland, stage comic cur-, 
rently in 'Panama Hattie,' was signed; 
to a contract by Metro, He reports 
June 1. .. ' ; • , 

First assignment will, be the same 
role in the screen ' of the 
Play. - '•'. 




Not Top Early to Keep Pa- 
trons ; from ■; Dinner; Nor 
too Late to Cut' Into Their 
Sleep — Pacifies Those 
Who pon't Care for Sec- 
ondary Pix-*— May Become 

■ Couhtrywicle 



RKO-LOEW TESTS 



Discovering that results at the 
boxoffice are better when, the main 
features on double bills are thrown 
on the screen at ? or 9:30 for the final 
showing, film showmen are starting 
to.letfn to such a policy arid it's like^. 
ly that the movement will become 
widespread. . Experiments with the 
scheduling of pictures : on duals 
would indicate that a very substan- 
tial slice of the public doesn't want 
to catch the second feature. 

■ Question that is beginning to come 
Up in a cursory study of . the. situa-r 
tibn is. whether or not there is a 
sufficient number " of .film regulars, 
who want the. extra sub-feature 
enough to justify the continuance of . 
dual bills. Meantime,' it is apparent 
that a lot of people merely want to 
see the top pictures on duals, skip- 
ping the; secondary, feature. Again 
the question is whether this group 
of patrons is in the majority, or rep- 
resents a minority. The answer may 
become the deterrnlhing factor so far 
as the so-called duals; menace is con- 
cerned, 

In addition to numerous experi- 
ments in New York, which are to be 
extended, exhibitors are discussing 
agreements in various parts of the 
country to go 'all-out' on the sched- 
uling of the No. 1 feature at hours, 
that do not force people to miss 
their dinner, or, if catching the late 
show, part of their sleep. In Spo- 
kane, Wash., chain operators as well 
as independents have already agreed 
to do this. 

May Mean Upped Revenue 

.Among othef things, exhibitors as 
well as distributors are interested in 
the possibility that more convenient 
routining ; of shows, putting on the 
main feature at 7 and again at 9 
or 9:30; as it used to be before duals 
swamped the country, may njean in- 
creased revenue. > 

It is pointed out in this connection, 
however, that - the folks -who want 
duals and. are responsible for the 
policy do not care when either the 
No. 1 or 2 feature goes on, since 
they want to see two pictures. On 
the other hand, those who do not 
care to sit through two are being 
kept away because of the time (in 
the evening, of course) when the film 
they wish ; tp:' see Is put on.-; .Man- 
agers -'attest.. to- the ; fact that in -in-- 
numerable cases people call up the 
theatre to ask when the top feature 
is going on and : when , they learn 
it's at dinner time or;- for . the last 
show, at bedtime, openly express dis- 
appointment.-'' Assumptiori. ; is that 
they don't come at all as a result... : 

Not ; every double': bill includes 
what' amounts . to a lead ' feature, 
however. Very often a house is play- 
ing, two. 'dogs/ in which .case there is 
nothing to gain through the sched- 
uling. Also noted is that if main 
pictures aire exploited at 'best hours' 
for the ■ /benefit of patrons having no. 
interest iri .the lower half of-, duals, 
the secondary . product, may be apt; 
to' suiter becalise. Of the. ■■ implication' 
that, it isn't any good.; ThiS .may catise. 
squawks, especially - fromvindepend-" 
cht. distributors;' but the .position of 
the exhibitors ; is that- he isn't -, re-;' 
sponsible for bad .films' and, .. as a 
business man, it is to . his interest 
to increase. . the "gross no -.matter ho w 
he does' it. Regardless of any such, 
irnpiications,' however, the .greater 
the business of a theatre' the greater 
the'-' rental. to the distributor. . . . 
RKO, Loew's Experimenting '.. 

RKO and Loew's are both experi- 
menting with, the' scheduling of the 
lead, .film at desired hours... Loew's 
(Continued, on page 23) 




ream o' the Crop) 
As Stunt to Revive Mok B.0 



Not the Typo; 



Hollywood, Feb. 4; ... 
; v"The worst place iri the: world: 
to: shoot a rnotipn picture about 
a motion picture studio is in • 
motion picture studio. 

Leo. McCarey discovered that 
fact when . he '. was trying .to 
make a studio like a studio in 
'The Cowboy; and the Blonde/ 
Everybody butted in, including 
executives; secretaries, 'truck 
drivers and what not; McCarey 
finally set Up a . studio set on the 
back lot to make it look like a 
studio. " • • 





3 

FOR HANDLING 



. Charging duplication arid fencing 
in. 'hot films,' the office' 1 of the U. S; 
district attorney for Manhattan on 
Saturday (1) handed up a sealed iri 7 . 
dictrrient charging three men with 
having infringed . on the. copyrights 
of films by duping and selling them 
for exhibition^ ^Tijose- to be indicted 
are Louis Colasuono. known as L. D. 
Colson, head of the Colson Motion 
Picture Service, Bronx, N. Y.; An- 
tonio Cardillo, his alleged partner; 
and Sol Jaffe, a photographic tech- 
nician, and head of Movielab Film 
Labs., Inc., of 1600 Broadway. This 
is the . first action of its kind in the 
history of criminal actions in the 
Southern District of N. Y. 

The indictment charges the de- 
fendants with infringement of copy- 
rights in renting duped film? for 
exhibition in churches, schools and 
charitable - groups, who accepted 
them in the belief that the defen- 
dants had been licensed to distribute 
them. According to .the U. S. at- 
torney's investigators, the defendants 
secured 35 mm. prints and reduced 
them to 16 mm'., which were then 
sold. The films originally - were 
either stolen or .'borrowed' sur- 
reptitiously- from persons or agents 
engaged in legitimate business. 

The indictment lists, five films, ' 
Metro's 'Ben Hur/ /20th's\ 'Littlest 
Rebel' and 'A Connecticut Yankee,' 
Warners' 'Dinky' and 'The Little 
Flower of Jesus' (Sunray Films). 

Under the two indictments the de- 
fendants, if proven guilty, would be 
subject to fines of $11,000 and im- 
prisonment of three years each. 

Yesterday (Tues.) all,., three de- 
fendants; pleaded not guilty before 
Judges ! Edward A. . Conger and. Al- 
fred Ci'Coxc,: with the bail of Cola- 
supno and: Jaffe set at. $2,500 each, 
and .Cardillo. at $1,000. Tentative 
trial date.-of Feb.- 17. was 'also set.. 



Minneapolis', Feb. '4.. 
In a -campaign to sell the /public 
the: idea that 'motion, pictures are 
better than ever/, the Eddie: Ruben 
(Welwbrth) circuit will: book- into 
its .15 theatres. corisecutiyely, the six 
best pictures available and exploit 
the group .'- 'The .Big Six.' .Plans ; 
for' the drive were, cbmpleted at a 
meeting' of the circuit's personnel 
here. •' • . * ■, \ 

For each situation the group neces- 
sarily - will have to be diilerent^-or 
at least its. arrangement cannot be 
the same throughout the chain— but 
selections will be made from such- 
releases ' as 'Philadelphia Story,' 
'Kitty Foyle,' 'Santa Fe Trail.' 'Andy 
; Hardy's Private Secretary/ . 'Mr. arid 
Mrs. Smith' and 'This thiiig Called 
Love/ . ; 

There are too many people who 
remain away frorn the movie the- 
atres because of the mistaken : belief . 
that pictures no .longer are any 
good/ Ruben told his. managers/. 'As 
a matter of fact, there probably 
never.' has been a time in the indus- 
try's history when the general qual- 
ity average was so high of so many 
outstanding films were turned put in 
a corresponding period as at present. 
• There has been too: much slan- 
dering of pictures by people who 
either, are ignorant or act from uK 
terior motives. The boxoffice. has 
been crumbling under these on- 
slaughts. Except in a few instances, 
even the iriferior pictures give the 
public a big. entertainment run for 
their money. If we demonstrate to 
amusement seekers — as wc now are 
able to do— that films are the best 
entertainijient and that. every screen 
offering at our theatres is very much 
worthwhile it should not be at all . 
difficult to win back patrons who. 
have been Staying away and thus re- 
vive the boxoffice. 

This probably is one of the first 
times in the industry's history when ' 
We've been able to five, the public 
six smash hits in a row. . I regard 
this as conclusive evidence that films 
are; irhproving and product attaining . 
a quality peak,' 

In a smaller way, Paramount has 
been putting oh a similar drive at 
its State here. It grouped and ex- 
ploited 'Kitty Foyle.' 'Philadelphia 
Story' and 'Santa Fe' as i the 'Big 
Three/ 



Cummings Into 13th Yr. 
As 20th-Fox Director 



NEW HUNG IN PIRACY 
SUIT FOR $1,000;000 

Los Angeles, Feb. 4. 

Suit for $1,000,000 filed' by Norman 
Houston and Lquis Ullhnart agaihst 
Columbia Pictures, charging plagi- 
arism in the production of 'Mr. 
Smith Goes to Washington-/ has been 
taken; off the rj. district court 
calendar temporavily, with new"; ac- 
tions, pending, . - '. 

In the dual suit, Houston charges 
piracy of his yarn, . 'Clowns in . Con- 
gress/ and Ullmjin- claims a copyright . 
infringement on his 'Three Little 
Tales Go to Market/ Suits were 
■filed simultaneously | n the Superior 
court nrid later transferred to the 
Federal -.tribunal.' ■ ■ ■ .;'"■'') '■■ 



/ v- Hollywood, Feb. 4. . 

. Irving Cummings, senior • director 
On the 20th -Fox lot, drew. new 
contract .ah'd -was, assigned ; to ''Belle 
Starr,-' a tale of .AmeriCa's : toughest 
female bandit ' . . the' frefe-for-all; 
days. : : 

Cummings . has. been with the 
studio since 1928, Alice' Faye, Betty 
Grable and Virginia Gilmpi'e are up 
for the. name- role ' 'Starr/ 



Hayden's Fast Climb 



,:;' ■ . Hollywood; Feb. .4. 
Stirling. Hayden, who made His 
film .debut in 'Virginia/: get's, the, ep- 
starririg role with Dorothy- LarhflCir 
in his second picture. 'Dildp Cay/ at 
Paramount. - ''. ' ' : : 

• Edward H. Griffith is producer, 
director/ 



Freak Mishap Gases 

Jeanetjc ]VIacDohaId 

'.- . . Lynchbiirg, Va., Feb. .4. . - 

■ Tear, gas, turned loose accidentally 
in the ; Roanoke,. 1 ! Va!, Auditoriurii 

, didn't - help - .;the' ^ cold f x-pm . wKich . 

■ iJeariette MacDonold -is .currently ■'■ 
suffering: • ' -. 

. Accident occurred a few hours : b'e- 
foire sihgei; was to give a Concerti A 
national guard . .company "s ^-supply of 
tear gas. .bombs, became ..leaky in 
some mann;cr ...and; ;'. 'filled , hall with 
fumes.. Despite: long airing, the audi- , 
torium -was Still acrid' when. .Miss 

• MacDona'rl began to sing, and she . 
and audience 'wept' . copiously' 
throughout program. • 

I Next . day she • cancelled an Ash- 
ville concert arid hurried to Florida 

I to '-.-get over her cold. - - 



8 



EXPLOITATION 



Wednesday, February 5, 194^ 




Junket lor Rural Newspapermen 




1}y ARTHUR. XTNGAR ; 

"< Miami Beach, Feb. 4.\ 
Premiere of 'Back Street' at Lin- 
coln and Cameo theatres tonight 
. (Tuesday ) climaxes one of- the most 
relished junkets the. press . has taken 
•since the hauling around! the coun- 
try stunt started. The opening to- 
night; will have in formal attire the 
majority of the 150 newspaper- peo- 
ple recruited from.all, parts of coun;. 
try for purpose of being the star 
guests, with, the Miamians greeting 
them in same . hearty ' spirit . that is-, 
generally accorded, name players at 
such shindigs. ; ■ ' 

Dearina Durbln is the only star on 
from Coast for the occasion. 

The . trip has proven to be a Cook's 
tour of this eastern seaboard resort 
for the members of. the press, who 
came here by. plane and train. It 
•was the answer to the dream that 
many of the seasoned junketeers 
have been having since Warners 
started carrying thern around the 
country and appears to be a wise 
$25,000 investment for Universal, 
which will undoubtedly beajr the 
company good will for a long time 
to come. 

Visiting press were . typical tour- 
ists and did not pass up a single 
opportunity to explore the eastern 
and western Floridian coast during 
their five and six-rday . stays here. 
Some of .the gang even got as far as 
: Havana, with ' their main interest • 
while here being the beaches, *the 
Hialeah racetrack and the night 
spots. Many were oh the late shift 
every night, but from reports will 
not be able, to cover, more than 10% 
of the niteries before they train and 
wing home on Thursday (6). 
'Jerks from Albuquerque* 

Factually, they were 'The Jerks 
from Albuquerque,' even to the ex- 
tent of getting night club entertain 
ers to autograph menus, etc, for 
them, with some of them even hav- 
ing hotel clerks, ushers, etc, , sign 
their programs of various events, 
luncheons and. dinners they attended 
during the pilgrimage. 

Universal crew, headed by John 
Joseph, George Thomas, Gene Mur- 
phy and Louis Pollock, of the New 
York publicity, department, went the 
limit on arrangements for the crowd; 
with many of the ruralists in the 
Journalistic field getting their first 
oppqrtunlty to mingle with metro- 
politan critics, and syndicate writers. 
Press crowd was mentioned ; locally 
In advertising,, with newspaper ads 
being carried that listed the entire 
party, plenty of fan mail as a result 
accruing for the star newspapermen 
of the trip at the Miami Biltmore, 
in Coral Gables, where they were 
housed during their stay here. .Last 
night, at the Rhumba Casino, more 
than 30 of the boys, shared intro- 
ductory honors with the perform- 
ing celebrities, who were on hand 
to bid adieu to Desi Arnaz, who 
closed his run at the establishment. 

So far as the West Coast con- 
tingents were concerned, it looks 'as 
though the Floridians sold this re- 
sort to them, with the city manage- 
ment taking in hand personally the 
Hollywood aggregation to see that 
they were not misled on the virtues 
of Florida. Couple of \ the West 
Coast boys even were ready to part 
with coin for deposit on citrus 
groves, where they want , to spend 
the recreation period of their life. 

All in all it was a swell junket, 
with the gang now readying itself 
for a jaunt to Mexico City ; or the 
Argentine' for its.nejtt premiere. The 
boys and girls of the press- have been 
given caviar now and no doubt will 
expect it in the future from the film 
companies, who feel ; : that these ex- 
peditions are. "greatest goodwill build- 
ers for the industry. , < : V 



PAR ADDS 5 MORE 
REGIONAL EXPLOITERS 



Enlarging its exploitation forces 
for complete coverage of the country 
in'iine with the demands of the con-, 
sent decree, Paramount .is spotting: 
men ih„ six territories, now without 
concentrated exploiter backing. 
: Edward J. Wall will take over the 
Albany and Buffalo exchange .terri* 
tories; Arnold Van Leer will, handle 
Pittsburgh : out of the Philadelphia 
district . headquarters; '■';'. Jim:'/ tundy, 
now ' Denver, takes over for -the 
Cincinnati and Indianapolis zones; 
John Hewlett will be attached to the 
Atlanta-Charlotte-Nttw . Orleans dis- 
trict; and Norman. Sproule will be. 
assigned to handle' Denver, St Louis 
and Omaha. An appointee is yet to 
be selected for Chicago. Those set 
start Monday (10). 




IN HUB 



'VIRGIN MAN' TITLE 
DISTURBS DETROIT 



. Boston, Feb. 4. 

If all the publicity lineage on the 
local opening of 'Fantasia' were laid 
end to end it would possibly add 
up to the biggest newspaper break 
ever accorded any theatrical enter- 
tainment, playing New England. The 
advance squibs and - features were 
impressive, but the smash breaks on 
all front pages of Hub papers, fol- 
lowing the preem? were the talk of 
newspaper and show biz circles. 

All morning papers : gave the re- 
view page one position,, and all the 
sheets ran three or four stories from 
the firm, art, music, society, technical 
or general hews. The Globe, for ex- 
ample, broke all precedent by start- 
ing off three reviews (Marjory 
Adams, films; Cyrus W. Durgin, 
music; A. .J. Philpott, art) on the 
front page with by-lines and pictures 
for each Critic. Globe rarely gives 
by-lines to its reviewers and the ac- 
companiment of pictures of these 
writers came as a surprise. Joining 
the carry-over of this triple review 
was • a society story by Marjorie 
Watts; 

: Post also gave 'Fantasia' four-bar- 
reled recognition, and the Herald 
came through with three reviews 
and stories plus an editorial on the 
following day. The Christian Sci- 
ence Monitor contributed with film 
and technical reviews and followed 
up with criticisms on the art,: music 
and dance aspects of the film. Tran- 
script also broke precedent by . car- 
rying a page one symposium of con- 
temporary critics tin the controver- 
sial picture, then expressed Itself 
in three reviews inside. 



Detroit's installation 

Detroit, Feb. 4. 

Local tent of Variety Club will in- 
stall its new officers, headed by John 
Howard, at the initiation banquet 
Feb. 10 in the Hotel. Book-Cadillac. 
As part of. the entertainment, the 
revue booked in for the Colonial will 
play . the banquet Wade Allen is 
general chairman with Howard 
heading the committee; film in- 
dustry guests. "'; . . , . 

The entertainment committee ;ia 
headed by William Carlson and in- 
cludes Earl J. Hudson, president of 
United Detroit Theatres; David M. 
Idzal, manager of the Fox, and Ray- 
mond Schreiber, manager of the. 
Colonial; 



Durbin-Jones Honored '; 

. Atlanta,. Feb. 4. ' 
Deanna Durbln and Allan. Jones 
were honored guests at the annual 
installation banquet of the Atlanta 
Variety Club here here Saturday 
(1). William K. Jenkins, chief 
barker, and other 1940 officer's of the 
Atlanta tent, recently reelected, were 
installed as 1041 officials by Bob 
O'Donnell, - First i Assistaht : Chief 
Barker of the Variety . Clubs of 
America. . -.. 

Climax of. the evening was when 
Jenkins presented the Berry Schools 
of Rome, Ga„ with a check for $1,000 
as a tribute from Variety Clubs of 
America to Miss Martha Berry, 
founder of the institution. Miss Ber- 
ry was given Variety's. Humanitarian 
award for 1940 at the annual conven- 
tion held last Spring in Dallas: ': 

Other officers inducted into 1941 
office were Henry G. Ballance, as- 
sistant chief barker; Charles E. 
Kessnick, 2d asst. chief barker; Rob- 
ert B. Wiley, dough guy; Egbert E. 
Whltakeri property master; and the 
following directors: John Ezell, R. L. 
McCoy, Paul S. Wilson, Dave Prince, 
J.-.F. Kirby and Willis J. Darvls. ' -. 



; St. L. Variety's Polio Drive 

St. Louis, Feb. 4. 

A five-year program to raise 
$250,000 through entertainment and 
benefit shows for the Midwest Polio 
Assn. to erect a building for the or- 
ganization /has begun and the local 
Variety .'. Club has pledged 'its as- 
sistance. The assn., whose member- 
ship consists of victims of infantile 
paralysis would be the sole bene- 
ficiary of the club's charities. Louis 
K. Ansell of the Ansell Bros. Circuit 
of Theatres, Clarence D. Hill* head 
of the local Columbia Pictures 
branch, and Fred . H. Wahrenberg, 
president of the MPTOA of Eastern 
Missouri and Southern Illinois,. and 
head of his chain of local liabes, will 
represent' St. Louis. 

The first benefit for the organiza- 
tion under the new policy will be 
presented at the Fox at a midnight 
show, March 29. 



• Detroit, Feb. 4. •• 
Pressure groups here went to. 
work swiftly after the Cinema ad- 
vertised 'He,; the Virgin Man,' Flare- 
up oh the French picture caused the 
. management to swiftly change the 
title of the picture in its advertising 
to 'He, King of Virtue.' , 

In fact, the . change came so. sud* 
dehly after the first advertising that 
newspaper reviewers were refering 
to the picture by its original title in 
their, reviews while the adjoining, ad 
columns were carrying the more 
subdued titling. 



•Fantasia' In Pitt, S. F. 

• Two. additional dates for Tan<- 
tasia* were set Monday (3), bringing 
the total to eight of the 12 cities in 
which it will eventually play simul- 
taneously. New ones are the Fulton, 
Pittsburgh, and Geary, San Francis- 
co, which will both preem on March 

5. 

New York, Los Angeles and Boston 
are Currently running, while PhiHy 
is set for next Wednesday (12); De- 
troit, Feb. 18; and Chicago, Feb. 19: 

Mickey to the Rescue 

-;. Deiroit, Feb. 4. 

Mickey Mouse is going to hejp 
ransom the Detroit Symphony So- 
ciety.. .-"••' ... ./. ; "** ;.';, v ' >;-",^:' 
. The Woman's Organization for the 
Detroit Symphony Orchestra has 
bought out the Wilson here for the 
opening of - Walt Disney's 'Fantasia.' 
Seats will be sold for $5 apiece, with 
the preyiew showing on Feb. 18 ex- 
pected ; to glean $6,000 of the local 
symphony's $20,000 deficit. 

House has been completely equip- 
ped with new sound since the Shu- 
berts attempt to launch a season of 
revivals at the Wilson washed 1 out 
and after, the Symphony group takes 
the cream off the first performance, 
'Fantasia' wjll settle down to its reg- 
ular. ;run therei Thus, Mickey 
Mouse also may be helping to re- 
coup some of the Shubert loss since 
their lease on the theatre runs for 
two. years. 



New Bill Asks Repeal 
Of Wash. State Blue Law 

. Seattle, Feb. 4., 

Repeal of the blue law statute in 
this state, which was enacted in 
1909; is sought in a bill by Repre- 
sentative Charles Todd, introduced 
in the legislature last week. 

The old. law makes baseBall, thea- 
tres, sale of - beer and wine illegal 
on Sundays. •'• • 



Schenck Deal 



^Continued 'from page . 5; 



depreciation and other building de- 
preciation.. .-;■ 

Additionally the contract .gives 
Schenck an extension of existing op>- 
tion to buy 48,492 shares at 1 the same 
price . of $40, or as much of this total 
as has not been picked up under the 
old option which expires March .1, 
1942.. Purchases, are required at the 
rate of- tine-fifth , per ; year, with all 
options expiring- March i, 1947. 

Proxy .-. statement also, mentions 
that the aggregate amount : of re- 
muneration payable . during the' last 
fiscal year, by the company or sub- 
sids to officers and: directors of 
Loew's for services in all capacities 
totals $2,220,730.30. 

Twelve directors are to be elected 
by the • stockholders, the., nominees 
being the -present directorate. They 
are George A. Armsby, ; David Bern- 
stein, Leopold Friedman, John R; 
Hazel, Alexander Xichtirian, Charles 
C. Moskowitz, William A. Parker, J, 
Robert Rubin, Nicholas M. Schenck, 
Joseph R. Vogel, David Warfield and 
Henry Rogers Winthrop, 



Harry Royster to CM. Netco Circuit 




'Partially decentralized about six 
months ago, with several of the the- 
atres in the chain thrown into pools, 
the Netco; circuit of Paramount the- 
atres in upstate New York will be 
operated from Poughkeepsie start- 
ing March 1 by Harry Royster, with 
Harold Greenberg in charge of buy- 
ing. .. '. : ' ■ . ' 

' At present executive assistant at 
the. Paramount home office to Leon- 
ard Goldenson and Sam Dembow; 
Jr., operating- headV Royster will 
make headquarters in Poughkeepsie, 
carrying the title of general man- 
ager of the circuit. He also will 
act as Par's representative in con- 
nection with pools under which oth- 
ers . . handle operation, including 
Schine Bro& over GlenS Falls, Si 
Fabian, who has the three Middle- 
town, N..Y, houses, and Gene Levy, 
operator of the four theatres In New- 
burgh. Other houses in Par's Netco 
circuit include four in Poughkeepsie 
and two in Peekskill, plus theatres 
Which 'are grouped in RKO pools in 
Rochester end Yonkers. The Royster 
appointment will 'have no effect on 
the state of the various pools. 
: For about; eight, years George 
Walsh, veteran operator, was. in 
charge of the Netco circuit, but . 
signed when its size was .reduced 
through pools. He is personally in- 
terested in the Strand, , Yorikers. 

Since Walsh stepped out, the man- 
agement of the; Netco theatres 'was 
directed from New York, with 
Greenberg making headquarters at 
the Par h.o. on buying. He was 
formerly with Walsh oh the buying- 
booking of film. In addition to buy- 
ing, Greenberg will act as assistant 
to Royster.. Latter, with Paramount 
many years in theatre operation, and 
on commercial film matters, was for- 
merly district manager, for the com- 
pany tiver the Rochester region. 

Eddie Hymen, In charge of film 
buying for Paramount's Detroit 
chain of theatres arid operating as- 
sistant to Earl J. Hudson, who's in 
charge of the houses, comes into 
the Par h.o. March 1 to succeed 
Royster as executive aide to Leonard 
Goldenson and Sam Dembow, Jr« ; 



Sam Shirley Plnchhlttlnf 

Chicago, Feb. 4. 
Metro has brought Sam Shirley 
out of retirement to take temporary 
charge of the local office while W. E. 
(Doc) Banford recoups in the St 
Luke's hospital from, a serious ill- 
ness. 

Banford has been in and out of 
the hospital several times during the 
past year, has undergone a couple 
of operations and has had several 
blood transfusions. 



Kekhom Back to Okla. 

Glens Falls, N. Y., Feb. 4. 
Paul Ketchum, manager of Schine's 
Paramount since last September, re- 
signed to return to his home in Okla? 
home City where he will , engage ih 
the theatre business, for himself. 
Succeeded by George Cameron of 
Geneva. 



Fete Swelgert and Smith 

Philadelphia, Feb. 4. 
Film men throw a party Feb. 21 
for Earle Sweigert and Ulrik Smith. 
Sweigert was recently moved up 
from Paramount exchange manager 
to boss the district Including Philly, 
Pittsburgh and Washington areas. 
Smith, who was Paramount ' sales 
manager, moved into Sweigert's spot: 
William Karrer, president of Mo-, 
tioh Picture Associates (salesmen) 
announced that • the grtiup has - taken 
out $500 policies for each of the 105 
members. 

Mike Lessy, retired exhib, headed 
for Florida via auto.i ■ - . 

Edgar Moss, 20th-century exr 
change head, jpartyed exhibitors at 
his. new Bala-Cynwyd home. 

Joseph GonWay, . operator of the 
Egyptian, Bala-Cynwyd, forming a 
corporation to takit over two mtire 
houses, in the area and build a third. 

* . N. Y. RKO Meet oh Drive 

v Meeting was Held yesterday . morn- 
ing (Tues.) at the RKO New York 
exchange, where . Bob Wolff is in 
charge to discuss ' the Ned' Depinet 
sales drive Which started last week. 
: Leo Devaney, Canadian sales man-, 
ager of the company, who is captain 
of the sales push and has been tour- 
ing the field, attended together with 
Harry .Gittleson; who accompanied 
him on his advance tour. Andy 
Smith, h.o. sales manager; Bob 
Mochrie, eastern division: manager, 
and. Harry Michalson, shorts sales 
head, also attended .session. , 

Globe, A. (J., Sale 

Atlantic City, Feb. 4. 
One half .interest In Globe theatre 
building on Boardwalk was bought in 
by John C. Bell, Jr.,. secretary of 
banking of Pennsylvania as receiver 
of closed Central Trust & Saving 



Co. of Philadelphia. Lively biddini 
featured sale Friday (31.) by Sheriff 
A, H. Johnson and brought the prlca 
up\ to $1,700. Unsuccessful bidder 
was M. J. Rosenthal, of Philiy,: W ho 
represented unidentified client. .. 

Purchaser, represented by G^ovef 
G. Rlchman, Jr., Camden attorney 
Is- holder of second mortgage fore- 
closure' decree of $78,112 against 
Alexander Seltzer, tif Philadelphia. ' 
former owner of 50%. Other one- 
half interest is- held by estate of 
Samuel Seltzer, deceased brother. 

Sale was sulbject to unpaid city 
taxes of $4,304 , a first mortgage of 
$175,000, covering the. entire property 
and unpaid interest of $3,168. 

Globe has been only burlesk house 
here for several years. 

Re-elect Ernest Schwarts 

■ ■:;.: Cleveland. Feb.: 4i.". 
. Ernest Schwartz reelected prez of 
the Cleveland Motion Picture Exhibi- 
tors Association, with . George W. 
Erdmarin named secretary and L. G. 
Baldwin treasurer. 
; Board of directors: John D. Kala* 
lat and Henry. Greenberger, three-' 
year terms; Myer S. Fine and Percy 
E. Essick, two-year, terms, and Morris 
Berkowitz, Jack Shulman and Theo* 
dore Vernes, one year. 

:'■•';'■ Roth's Acquisition •' 

Omaha, Feb. 4. 
Mike Roth, for some years explol- 
teer in this, territory for Columbia 
out of Kansas City, Mo.) and later 
salesman with: National Screen Ser- 
vice, has purchased the Anita theatre 
Anita, la , 70 miles east of town. Has 
250 seats in town of 1*000. 



Schine Promotes Sliter 

Gloversvllle, N. Y., Feb. 4. , 
. Supervision of Schine theatres In 
the Mohawk Valley district has been 
placed, under Harold F. Sliter, head 
of the Schine' publicity department 
here for a number of years. Sliter 
is to have charge of theatre opera- 
tions in : Amsterdam,. Gloversville, 
Herkimer, Ilion, Little Falls and 
other valley communities. 

A change in the management of 
the Glove switches Herbert Jennings 
to the. Colonial, Norwich. 



- . Del Goodman to Canada 

Del Goodman, appointed - general 
manager of distribution for Para- 
mount in Canada, left Friday (31 ) for 
Torontoj where 'he will, make head- 
quarters succeeding M. A. Milligan, 
resigned. For many years with 20th- 
Fox in foreign sales* last in Japan, 
Goodman has been in the Par h.o. 
ftir two weeks studying Par routine. 

George Smith, district manager for 
Par on the Pacific coast; who has 
been promoted to the post of western 
division sales manager, is due east 
by the end of the week. He will 
make headquarters at the. home 
office. Smith , is a brother, of A: W. 
Smith,' Jr., sales -manager for RKO. 

Sign Erector Injured 

Reading, Pa., Feb. 4. ' 
While working on a new. marquee 
at the reconstructed Arcadia theatre 
here, ElWood -Barr, 50, employe of 
the Elizabethtown, Pa., Sign Co:, fell 
12 feet* to the sidewalk, fracturing 
his skull. Injury caused death, in an 
hour. 

Arcadia, renamed the Ritz. was ' 
leased recently by Wilmer & Vincent 
It had been, closed during most of 
the past two years but was reno- 
vated and reseated at a cost of $20,« 
000. Reopens Feb. 7. 

Warner interests, which will take 
over the State this Week, will spend 
$75,000 " reconstructing v it. The. 
Warners and the W-V interests 
ioihtly hold the -State on a lease from 
the John B. Knorr estate. The War- 
ners' lease on the 3*500 seat .Astojj 
across the street, expires on May ! 
and has not Deen renewed. 



RAF PUot, Ex-MgT., 'Misslnf' 
Saskatoon, Sask., Feb. 4. 
One-time manager of the Kit* 
theatre, Saskatoon. Which his father 
owned, Lieut. Donald Hoar, who 
went to England in 1936 to Join the 
Royal Air Force, has been reported 
missing after action with the fleet air 
arm in which ; he served. News..- that, 
he. w^s tniissing; in action' , was re- 
ceived by his parents, Mr. and Mr.8... 
C. M. Hoar, residents of Calgary. 

'-:■:.. St. Lonls Activity 

St. Louis, Feb. 4. 

' Walter. Thimmig, owner of the : Mc- 
Nair, South St Louis habe, has ear- 
markeld $7,000 for face lifting' of the 
house. 

The War Dept. wiil erect a 1,038- 
seater at Ft. Knox, Tenh. Project 
will cost . $50,879. 

' The Frisina Anius. Co., Taylor 
ville : ahd Springfield, 111., has added 
the 800-seater Liberty and 450- 
seater Rex in Mexico, Mo., to IB- 
circuit now operating in. Missouri, 
Iowa and Illinois. The same or- 
ganization has fet a contract for • 
(Continued on page 22) 



Wednesday, February S, 1941 



PKriety 



PICTURE GROSSES 






Thing'-Niesen $35,000, TbOly 2d 
18G, Tfighf $16,000, 'Kitty Fme 



Chicago, Feb. 4. 
•Trade continues at a healthy pace 
to the downtown sector with certain 
iLs, appealing primarily to the 
^Lffcrs, exhibiting remarkable 
JJSn at the pay window., Thta 
^fliTspades for Kitty Foyle' and 
'btodelphia Story.' 'Foyle' is nice- 
.Mww^aWtheV Palace and 
emonstrates nc- haste to be gone. 
•Philly' is another high winner, but 
doesn't figure for, the staying p6wer 
if the Ginger Rogers jjicture. Is in 
fhe United -Artists and gettirig. surge 
S trade but doesn't look lflte the 
seven weeks that 'Foyle' will 

P Oiicago Has This Thing Called 




wound up to top $20,000, phenomenal 
at these prices and considering its 
four-week run' a year ago. 
. Newman (Paramount) (1,900; 10- 
2&44) — 'Victory' (Par). Slow at 
$5,200. Last week, 'Second. Chorus* 
(Par), good $7,000. . 

Orpheum (RKO) (1,500; 10-28-44) 
— 'Santa Fe Trail*. (WB) and 'Couldn't 
Say No' (WB) (2d Wk). Original 
week was buxom .at $9,500. and 
second week js sturdy at $6,800. 
Goes a third • week. . 

Tower (Joffee) (2,110; 10-30)—,' 
'Bank Dick' (U) and vaude. Fields 
name bringing in some new patrons 
here and biz okay for $6,900. Last 
■week, 'Madame LaZonga* (U) and 
vaude headed by Tirza, nudle, better 
than average $6,700. -.- 



^ssfble v to compete with the selling 
ffies of 'PhHly' and 'Foyle ' _ 

5aUy Rand is the top-biller In the 
State-Lake and the gal comes back 
to the town where she started and 
demonstrates, that she still Is . consid- 
erable power on the boxofflce up- 
take. 

Estimates for This Week 
Apollo (B&K) (WOO: 35-55-65-75.) 
-•Son Cristo' (UA). Will manage to 
meak through' to an average session 

' at $6,000. Last Week 'Comrade X' 
(5I-G) wotind up its fourth week in 
the loop to fair $4,100. 
- Cnleago <B&K) (4,000; 35-55-75 )- 
•Thing Called Love* (Col) and. stage 
6how, Gertrude Nlesen headlining; 
Combination looks for maybe $35,000, 
okay. Last week 'Second Chorus' 

: (Par) and 'Folies Bergere* : unit on 
stage, managed neat $36,300. 

Garrick (B&K) (900; 35-55-65-75) 
—'Second Chorus' (Par). Moved 
here from the Chicago and will take 
$3,500, fair enough.. Last week 'San- 
ta Fe' (WB), snagged $4,300, all 
right; 

Oriental (Jones) (3,200; 28-44)— 
•Red Hair' (WB> arid, vaude. Larry 
Adler holds over to headline the 
show. Combination satisfactory at 
$14,000. Last week 'Ellery Queen' 
(Col) with Mitzl Green, Larry Ad- 
ler and Bob Zurke on stage attracted 
happy $17,700, 

Palace (RKO) (2,500; 35-44-66)— 
•Kitty Foyle* (RKO) and 'Saint Palm 
Springs' (RKO) (5th wk); Holding 
to brilliant $11,000 currently after 
snapping up a powerful $13,800 ' on 
fourth stanza. 

- Roosevelt (B&K) (1,500; 35-55-65- 
75)— 'Flight Command' (M-G). Looks 
for a money stay, not only in loop, 
but also in the subsequents. Got 
away to bang-up start, and headed 
for $16,000, smacking. Last week 
'Hudson's Bay' (20th) lasted only a 
single session to meek $6,600. 
•State-Lake (B&K) (2,700; 28-44)-^ 
"Escape Glory* (Col) and vaude 1 , 

. Sally Rand and Jackie Heller head- 
lining. Both are strong local favor- 
ites and are doing much for . the 
wicket. Biz is solid at $18,000. Last 
week 'Earl Carroll* (Par) and Cab 
Calloway orchestra, fine at $17,200, 
..United Artists (B&K-M-G) (1,700; 
35-5545-75) 'Philadelphia (M-G) : 

. (2d; wk). Has been a dynamite en- 
try and galloping to high money 
inarks; Going to bright $18,000 cur- 
jejtiy, after pocketing zooming $21,- 
800 last week. 

ABB0TT-C0STELL0 RUN 
TO 16,600 IN 0KX C. 

,„ v Kansas City, Feb. 4. 
-Gone with the Wind,' at the Mid- 
, «nd. and 'Santa Fe Trail,* at the 
Wheum, are holdovers this week. 
I "othgave their respective houses big 
• »st weeks, both are riding strongly 
on second week dates, and 'Santa 
« holds for a third Week. This 
■■ f. 88 . been aWomplshed in - weather 
w«t has been unpleasant though not 
severe. .■ .; • • • - ; - 

tJ^.v "■'.incoming" films are most 
neavily on the comedy side, with 
W. C. Fields' 'Bank Dick' at the 
P w er, and 'Buck Privates* at the 
Wx-Mid west's Esquire arid Uptown. 
«e Abbott-Cdstello film took it easy 
orr opening but wordrbf-nvouth got 
"ound and it's perking. .. • '• •■ . 
_,fn[ oa ds into show revenue this 
J™ coming from, the President's 
Whday ball at the auditorium on 

. Saturday (1 ) with 10,000 ■ attendees 
at 50c per head, the Merchants spring 
s^le show with Ted Lewis and crew 

: SJ2 e attraction,; and some .minor 
one-day affairs. " 
* ' * Spates for This Week 

tnd Wown (F6x ■ Mid- 
?K J 8 , 20 and 2 ' 043 : 10-28-44)— 
kS 6 .! Pnvat es' (tj). Word-of-mOiith 
Doosting this -solo to $6,600. combo. 
Sr a l J aver ?8e. Last week, 'Tall and 

M?i. ome <20th>. $5,500. light. 
-.'p < db , nd ( Loew's) (4,101; 25-40-56) 
SHn°£ e , . (M " G > <2d-flnal wk.). 
wi; tne bl & breeze and second week 
woks for. fine $15,000, First week 
l > early asserted its strength and 







First Runs on Broadway 

(Subject to Change) . • ' " 



Boston. Feb. 4. 

Even though one. music critic com 
plained, of .a"! 'vertical interpretation 
bit a horizontal counterpoint,' the first 
nine performances of 'Fantasia' sold 
out, and the second stanza was 
practically solid by last weekend. 
Two other films are also blasting 
away at records: "Kitty Foyle/ now 
in its fifth week at the Memorial; and 
'Gone with the Wind' entering third 
socko frame at the Orpheum. 'Gone' 
has already played the equivalent of 
three and a half weeks at pop prices 
because the State ran It day and date 
with the Orph for first 10 days. 
.'Flight Comihand' is drawing hefty, 
trade now at the State. • 

'Kitty Foyle' has a chance of going 
a sixth week, breaking the house run 
record at the Memorial. Local press 
gave 'Fantasia*- most impressive 
recognition of any film here in recent 
history, Including 'Gone* last year.. 
Coverage was terrific with, most 
sheets carrying three and four . re- 
views and stories : on '. the opening 
(28). 

Estimates for This Week 

Boston (RKO) (3,200; 20-33-44-55) 
■—'Aunt Maggie?' (Rep) and 'Along 
Rio Grande* (RKO) with vaude bill 
headed by 'Fentort Bros, band, four 
days; and 'Grapes Wrath' (20th) and 
'Stanley Livingstone' (20th) (both re- 
issues), three days. Expected to hit 
$8,000, good. Last week, 'Misbe- 
having Husbands' (PRC) arid 'Out of 
Luck' (Mono).'with vaude topped by 
Minevitch Rascals, four days* and 
'Bowery Boy* (Rep) (1st run) and 
'Escape Glory' (Col) (2d run), with 
seven acts of vaude and local radio 
talent, three days,, $10,500, satis- 
factory, . , 

Fenway (M&P) (1,332: 28-39-44-55) 
— Honeymoon Three' (WB) and 'Be- 
hind News' (Rep). Lucky to hit 
$4,000, weak. Last week. 'Go West' 
(M-G) and 'Haunted Honeymoon' 
(M-G); $6,000, good. 

Keith Memorial (RKO) (2.907; 28- 
39-44-55)— 'Kitty Foyle' (RKO) and 
'Saint Palni Springs* (RKO) (5th 
wk). Aiming at nifty $15,000. Fourth 
week, strong $16,500. 

. Majestic (Shubert) (1.014; 75-$1.10- 
$1.65 )— 'Fantasia' (Disney). Running 
at smash hit pace in second week to 
$15,500, capacity. Initial stanza, (nine 
shows) $10,300, solid. 

Metropolitan (M&P) (4.367; 28-39 
44-55)— 'High Sierra' (WB) and 
'Father's., Son' (WB). • Mediocre 
$14,000. Last week, Victory' (Par) 
and 'Henry* (Par), worse. $12,500: 

Orphenm (Loew) (2,900; 44-55)— 
•Gone* (MrG ) '; (3d wk). Will wham 
in $28.000 , easily. 'Last week (2d) 
kept the house full, plus standees; 
practically all dav and night, adding 
up to smash $32,300. 

Paramount (M&P) (1.797: 28-39 
44.55) — 'Honeymoon Three' (WB) 
and 'Behind News' (Rep). Skidding 
to $6,000. Last week. 'Go West' 
(M-G) and 'Haunted Honeymoon' 
(M-G). $7,200. good. ■ ^ 

Scollav (M&P) (2.538: 28-39-44-50) 
•Second Chorus' (Par) (3d run) and 
'Bagdad' (UA) (2d run). Adequate 
S4.500 indicated. Last week. 'Santa 
Fe' (WB) and 'Earl Carroll's' (Par) 
(both continued from 2d run at Par 
and Fenway). $5,000;- . ■ ■ 

, State (Loew) (3.600: 28-39-44-55)— 
•Flight Command' (M-G) arid 'Keep 
irig Cbmoativ' (M-G). Heading for 
sturdy S20.000. Last week. 'Gone 
(M-G), holdover for three days; and 
.'Flight Command* and 'Keening 
Company,' four days. $16,000, big. 



. Week of Feb. 6 ■' 
Astor— 'Great Dictator' (UA) 
(17th wk). 4 

Broadway— "Fantasia* (Disney) ; 
(13th Wk). 

Capitol— 'Gone with the Wind' > 
(M-G) (3d wk). . 
Criterion— "Life With Henry' 

(Par), .•:•.•-:.' 

: (Revi«toed in Varxbtv, Jan. 22) -> 

Globe — 'Night Train' (20th) 
(7th wk), ;'. y/p : 

Music 'Hall— 'Arizona' (Col). ' 
(Revle]u>ed in Variety, JVqv. 20) 

Paramonnt —: 'Virginia' (Par) 

(2d Wk). 

RlaJto-^-'Face Behind the Mask' 
(Col). ; ••.,•;:.•/".'/ "/;. " "/ 
' RlvolI--'kitty Foyle* (RKO) 
/(5th wk). "•' ' •".". 

Roxy— 'Western ijnion' (20th); 

(Reviewed in Current, Issue) 

Strand — 'Honeymoon for 
Three' (WB) (7). , 

Week of Feb. 13 
: ."• Astor— 'Great Dictator' (UA ) ■ 
(18th wk"). 

Broadway— 'Fantasia' (Disney) 
(14th wk). 

'". Capitol— 'Gone with the Wind' 
. (M-G) (4th wk ). ; 

Criterion— 'Maisie Was a Lady' 

■ (M-G). : . - 

■ (Reviewed in Vambiv,. Jan. 15). 
Globe — 'Night train* (20th) 

(8th wk). ; V. 

Mnslo Hall — 'Arizona' (Col) 
, (2d wk). ';.■■ ,",.,•■,■ 
. Blalto— 'Dangerous Game' (U): 

Rlvoir^-'Back Street' (U) (11). 

Boxy— 'Western Union* : (20th) 
(2dwk). . . , 

Strand — Honeymoon for: 
Three' (WB) (2d wk). 




$28,000 IN 




Detroit, Feb. 4 
With four of the five downtown 
houses here shooting in fresh, bills, 
biz is going to be okay despite 
measles and. flu epidemic which has 
knocked off , an estimated 10% . in the 
nabes. .' • . . ' , . _ 

Detroit has been running along 
with plentiful switchovers this win- 
ter, but this week wiped the slate 
clean with nothing . lingering but 
Philadelphia Story* arid 'Maisie Was 
a Lady,' still perky in its fourth 
week and due to go a fifth at the 
United Artists: ; - . . 

Michigan; will hustle up to the 
top' with better than $28,000 for its 
'Folies Bergere' on the stage and 
Son of Monte Crlsto* on the screen. 
House ran Off a special midnight 
show of its stage lure, coupled with 
a 'preview' of 'Virginia' at boosted 
prices of $1.10 arid 85 cents, which 
will kick, up its gross a good $3,000. 

Fox is moving along briskly with 
This Thing. Called Love' and 'Night 
Train,' while the two usual switch- 
over houses have also come up with 
new duos. Palms-State is showing 
strength with 'Here Comes the Navy* 
and 'South of Suez,' . while the 
Adams will hit above average, de- 
spite the sickness in town; with 'In- 
visible Woman' and 'Romance of the 
Rio Grande/ . * . " 
Estimates for This Week 
Adams (Balaban) (1.700; 30-40-55) 
'Invisible Woman". (U) arid . Ro 
marice Rio Grande' (20th). Looks 
for strong $7,000. Last week 'Ari- 
zona' (Col) and 'Where Get Girl 
(U), former in second : week after 

one at Fox, good $6,000. 

Fox .(FoxrMichigan) (5,000; 30-40- 
55)— 'Thing Called Love" (Col) and 
'Night Train' (20th). Moving all 
right with $17,000 indicated. Last 
week 'Chad Hanna' (20th) and 'Tall 
Dark' (20th), came but with ..fair 
$15,000, despite poor ; . weather on 
weekend. 

Michigan . (United Detroit) (4,000 
30*40-55)— 'Sat, midnight at $1.10 and 

oe-\ <c«« r , T.:e*ft' fTTA'V anrt -'Folies 





mm mm 



85c)— 'Son Cristo' (UA) and 'Folies 
Bergere' on .stage. . Going stroiig.and 
with added take from special show 
will' do a big $28*000, despite pan-, 
rtihg by crix. Last week 'Come -Love 
(M-G) and 'Tugboat Annie' (WB), 
so-so $14,000. • 

Palms-State (United Detroit) (J.OOO; 
30-40-55 )— 'Here Comes Navy* (WB; 
(re-jssue) and 'South Suez' (WB) 
Looks like nice $9,000. Last week 
'Flight Command' (M-G) and 'Keep- 
ing Company' (M-G), moved over 
from Michigan, okay $9,000. 

United ' Artists (United. Detroit) 
(2,000; 30-40-55)— 'Philadelphia' (M- 
G) . and .'Maisie' (M-G) (4th wk) . 
Added another nice $7 ,000. to preced- 
ing big weeks and goes for a fifth 
session. 



(Best Exploitation: Paramount) . 

They -can't blame Broadway for 
not : giving pictures extended playr 
ing tinie,/hor can the distribs have 
any complaint with the results at 
the boxoffice, . 

Actually, there is onjy on^ thea- 
tre among the :ll first-runs in mid- 
towri Manhattan that's still in a first ' 
week and that's. ;the ■ little Rialto, 
Houses . having holdovers include the 
Music Hall,. Capitol, Roxy, Strand, 
Rivoli, .Globe;. Broadway, Astor, arid, 
for good measure, the Paramount 
slides into 'that column today. Criv 
terion is ruled out— arid that , also 
goes for the spineless ' business done 
with 'Land Qf Liberty,' which took a- 
walk last night (Tues.)— with house 
taking its Chances bn 'Life . with 
Henry' starting today (Wed.). 

'Virginia', is the film attraction at 
the Paramount, while Glenn Miller, 
Cass Daley and Dean Murphy are 
there in person. Show ended its. 
first week last night (Tues.) at a 
very cocky $60,000. This included 
the special opening Tuesday night 
(28), with most of the house sold out 
at regular scale to the Maple Leaf. 
Furid. ' '■ ■.■ :"•.■• . 

Metro's first love may be its own 
Capitol, ; where 'Gone' is packing 'em 
in, but gossip is that it has much 
warm affection for Rockefeller's 
Music Hall. If the company's ac- 
counts in this section weren't crying 
for 'Philadelphia Story,*, almost 
breaking Metro's heart, the picture 
would be staying a seventh week, at 
the . Hall. 'Arizona,' which was 
bought, months ago. is also getting 
gray waiting to get into the theatre. . 

Now on its sixth week, the Kate 
Hepburn comedy will come- up with 
a virile $80,000. For the benefit of 
the statisticians (and the Metro 
bookers including that demon on 
dating, Virginia Aaron), the total on 
the 42-day engagement will be 
around $590,000; This means more 
than 850.0QO persons. .'Rebecca,' only 
other picture to go six weeks at the 
M.H., grossed $522,500, • 

Coming to the Cap with, the wind, 
snow and cold weather, plus uri- 
latched pocketbooks, are those 
whO^re sweating the cashiers and 
ushers, over 'Gone.' Leaping through 
on the first week to nearly $55,000 
at the pop prices now in effect, on 
the holdover the b.b. statement, 
again to Metro's delight, should show 
about $48,000. The third week starts 
tomorrow (Thurs.). . 

That sleeper which, turned out to 
be a Seabiscuit, 'Tall, Dark arid 
Handsome,' is making the minutes 
count at the Roxy. Pounding past 
the. wire on the first week to pay off 
in telephone numbers at $52,500, it 
will get $45,000 on the second heat, 
which ends tonight (Wed.). . But for 
the anxiety of 20th-Fox to get 'West- 
ern Union' rolling, with this one 
coming in tomorrow (Thurs.), 'Tall' 
would be held further. 

'High Sierra' is: at a good altitude 
on a chance to top $33,000 this, week 
(2d), but will not go beyond "a 1 fort- 
night. Henry Busse and Quentin 
Reynolds are on the. stage. First 
week was $40,500, very romantic. 
'Honeymoon for! Three' and Ray 
Noble open Friday (7). 

Because of the steady, highly 
profitable take it is registering, 
'Night Train' will go a seventh round 
at the Globe. It will get $8,000 or. 
over this week (6th), only $200 be- 
hind the fifth.. 

State,, with the secOnd-run 'Com- 
rade X' and ; vaudeville, including 
Jim Barton, Kitty Carlisle and Dixie 
Dunbar, is climbing back into high 
■society with a gross of $28,000, or 
better, which is fine feathers. 
. Estimates for This Week. 

Astor (1,012; 75 - 85 - $1.10 - $1.65 - 
$2.20)— 'Dictator' (UA) (17th week). 
Last week (16th) reported at $13,000, 
still a reasonable profit. 

Broadway (1,895; 55-75-?!. 10-$1.65- 
$2.20) 'Fantasia', (Disney ) ,(13th 
week). Hdldihg up firmly, last week 
(12th') getting $22,600., Prices were : 
cut in half for kids.starting Monday 
(3) and effective. Saturday (8) .•■an. 
extra matinee will be given that day 
and Sunday. 

Capitol < 4,520; 40-55-85-$l,10-$1.25) 
—'Gone' (M-G) . (2d • week). Very 
steady .roll of the ticket rolls will 
mean about $48,000 this week, fol- 
lowing first seven days of hear to 
$551000, which is , virtually sardiriing 
■em on a turnover of only four shows 
daily. ' . 

Criterion (1,662; 28t .44-55 - 65)— 
'Life . With Henry" (Par). Arrives 
today (Wed. ) following a week of 
'Land of. Liberty' (M-G), - which 
failed :to show any strength at less 
than $6.000.. Last week, 'Earl Car- 
roll's' (Par) onlx $5,500. 
Globe (1.180; 28-35-55-85)— 'Night 
. Train'. (20th) (6th week). Whistling 
its way. along at good speed, $8,000 
or a bit better this week. Last 
stanza (5th ) was $8,200, Goes around 
another bend (or a seventh' .week. 

Palac (1,700; 20-35-55)— 'Hudson's 
Bay* (20th) 



(RKO) : (1st run), , doubled. Moving.', 
sluggishly, only about $7,000. The . 
same was all that 'Santa Fe* (WB) 
(2d ruri ) . and . 'Let's Make Music' 
(RKO) (1st run) could entice on 
eight days.' . ;■ ' •' : ' ' ■ . ■ ' ■ 

Paramount (3,664; 35-55-85-99)— 
'Virginia' (Par) and Glenn Miller, 
Cass Daley, Dean Murphy, others 
(2d Week)i, Begins second week on 
21 -day run scheduled today ( Wed.) . 
They like this show a„ lot; $60,000 
came to roost on the first 7%, days 
ending . last night (Tues. ), this m- . 
eluding the sellout preem Tuesday 
night (28).. In ahead, final 6% days 
of 'Second Chorus' (Par) and Harry 
James; was $35,000, very good; first 
week, $49,000. ., 

Radio City Music Hall (5,960: 44- 
55-85-99-$l.C5.)— 'Philadelphia'. (M-G) 
and stage show (6th-flnal week). A 
phenomenon :no less at the b:o.; this - 
week (6th). the last, will be $80,000, 
muscular. Last week (5th) was $85,- 
000; 'Arizona' (Col) orings. a change 
Of scene tomorrow (Thurs;).. 

Rialto (750; 28-44-55)— 'Saint in \ 
Palm Springs' (RKO). Maybe $6,500, 
fair enough. . Last week, 'Pride of ' 
Bowery' (Mono) . $B,0Q0. : 

Rivoll .. (2.092; 35-55-75-99)— 'Kitty 
Foyle' (5th week). • Will go a fifth 
Week on strength of. good wind, with • '. 
'Back Street' (U) set -for Tuesday 
. (11 ); . .on. the fourth ; lap, concluded 
last night (Tues.), $20,000. The third, 
week Was $25,000. 

Roxy (5,835; 35-55-65-75-85)— 'Tall, 
Dark* (20th) and stage show (2d- 
flnal week). No indication of tiring 
and should 'get $45,000, extra .- fine; 
this week, after hitting $52,500 the 
first seven days, .big dividends to 
theatre and . distributor. 'Western 
Union' (20th). is the new dish tomor- 
row (Thurs.) . 

. State (3,400: 28-44-55-75-90-$1.10)— 
'Comrade X' (M T G) (2d •' run ) and 
Jim Barton, Kitty Carlisle, Dixie 
Dunbar, others, in person. Al Rosen 
is counting plenty of coiri this; week, . 
no less thari. about $28,000. Last, 
week, 'Love Neighbor* (Par) (2d 
run) and Ray Kinhey-Adelaide Mof- 
fett on stage, $18,000, limpy. *. , : • 
Strand (2,767: 35-55-75-85-99)-^ 
'High Sierra' (WB) and Henry BUsse. 
plus Quentin Reynolds- (2d-fiiial 
week). The gross doesn't quite look 
like the national debt , but it's very 
good at $40,500 the first week and 
$33,000 or bit stronger . on : the hold- 
over.' .'Honeymoon for Three' and 
Ray Noble, take their turn Fri- 
day (8). \ 



*WY0. WILDCAT'-VAUDE 
$7,000. PR0V. STEADY 

Providence, Feb. 4. 

Grosses . are fairly strong all 
around. 'Gone With the Wind' in 
second week at Loew's State, and 
•Kitty Joy le' in its fifth- week at the 
RKO . Albee are beginning to look 
like ' permanent fixtures. Trio of . 
Powers Models on stage at Fay's : 
building nicely, with 'Wyoming Wild? 
cat' on the screen.. 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (2,200; 28-39-50)— 
'Kitty FOyle' (RKO) arid 'Saint Palm 
Springs* (RKO) (5th wk)/. Doing 
phenomenal biz with hefty $5,800 ex- 
pected. Did same in fourth round. 

Carlton (Fay-Loew) (1,400; 28-39 - 
50)— 'High Sierra' (WB) and 'Black 
Parrot' (WB) (2d run). Proving 
fairly ^teady with good $3,200. Last 
week /Flight Command' (M-G). and 
'Keeping Company' (M-G). (2d run), 
nice $3,500. . 

Fay's (Indie) (2 000; 25-35)— 
'Wyoming Wildcat' ;flep) . arid trio 
of Powers Singing Models heading 
stage show. Getting hefty play with, 
weekend turnaway biz. ' Spotted for 
swell $7,000. Last week 'Riding 
Rairibow* (Rep) and vaude, okay 
$6,500: 

Majestic (Fay) (2.200; 28-39-50)— 
'Honeymoon Three' (WB) and 'Ro- 
mance Rio Grande* (20th). Paced 
at steady $7,500. Last week 'High 
Sierra' (WB) and 'Black Parrot' 
(WB), : slipped slightly for fair $7,800. 

State (Loew) (3,200; 25-40-55)— 
'Gone* (M-G) (2d wk). Si ll strong' 
and stepping alone to nice $13,000; 
Last week knocked off zippy $20,400. 

Strand (Indie) (2,000; 28-40-50)— 
'You're the One*. (Par) and 'Be- 
hind News' (Rep) . Not too strong, 
but in for steady $6,000. Last week 
'Thing : Called Love' (Col) and 'Mas- 
ter Detective' (Col), swift $8,500. ... 



WB Restores Morris 



: Hollywood. Feb. 4. 
Warners restored Wayne Morris to 
the salary lisl and cast him In one of 
the top roles in ,:Mothor's Boys' a 
story dealing With the draft. . Ben 
Stoloff directs. ' 

are 



Other tops are Arthur Kennedy 

(2d,.?iVf-a^ i" : 



10 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



Fresh Flu Wave Hits Frisco Biz; 
Tall Dark' Mild 9G, Voyage 




■ San Francisco, Feb. 4. 
Things . pretty spotty this week,- 
with a new flu epidemic not helping. 
Also plenty of cornpetish from sell- 
out performances of 'Ballet Russe/ 
•Maid in Ozarks/ etc: Only new 
film of importahte is 'Long Voyage 
Home' at. United Artists, which drew 
raves, but hot the biz -expected. 
•Kitty -Foyle' stays on at the Gate 
and 'Thing Called Love'' remains a 
fourth stanza at Orpheum.. 

: Estimates, for This 'Week'.' ' 

Fox (F-WC) (5;000; 35-40r50) 
•Philadelphia' (M-G) and 'Jennie' 
(20th). (2d , wk); Word-ofvmouth 
rolling up fine $14,000. .First, week 
better than anticipated at- $23,000. 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2,850; 39-44- 
55-)— 'Kitty Foyle' (RKO) and vaude 
(2d wk). Should get $14,500 on. 
holdover, very good. First week, 
terrific $21,000. 

Orpheum (F&M) (2,440; 35-40-50) 
—'Thing Called jLdve* (Col)- and 
, 4 Ellery Queen' (Col) (4th wk). Pos- 
'sibly $6,000, after record third week 
which, got close to $9,000. 

Paramount (F-WC) (2,470; 35-40- 
50)— Tall. Dark' (20th) and 'Keep- 
ing Company' (M-G). No more than 
tepid $9,000. ' Last week, 'Four 
Mothers' (WB) and 'Couldn't Say 
No', (WB),. $7,500,; n.s'.g.:" 

Sfc Francis (F-WC) (1,475; 35-40- 
50) — 'Comrade X' (M-G) arid 'Ro- 
mance Rib Grande' (20th) . (2d move- 
over wk) . Holding about even at 
$5,000; slightly under last -week. 

United Artists (Cohen) (1,200; 35- 
40-50) ^- 'Long Voyage' (UA). Not 
getting the matinee trade, but. eve- 
nings strong for good $8,500. Last 
week: 'Captain Caution' (U A ) rather 
a caution at $7;0Q0; ^ . " 

Warfleld (F-WG ) ■ (2.680; 35-40-50) 
—'Maisie Lady' (M-G) and 'Night 
Train' (20th V. 'Maisie; billed ahead 
of the British film,. although latter Is 
getting the critical raves. However, 
whole thing rather . sad at only 
$1 0,000. . Last (2d) week of 'Victory* 
(Par) arid 'Black Parrot' (WB), not 
so hot either at $6,500. 



•Little Men' (RKO) and 'Make Mu- 
sic* (RKO). : Weak $3,000. Last 
■week, 'Sd.uth,: Suez'; (WB) and 
'Couldn't Say No k (WB), poor $2,800. 

Orpheum (Ind) (1,100; 25-40-50)— 
'Night Tropics' (U), and 'Meet Wild- 
cat' (U). Fair $3,200 probable. 
Last week, •Bagdad' (UA) (5th wk), 
down at $2,500: . V'l,- • ■'"■ii-.-'- v 
- Cinema de Paris ■ (France-Film ) 
(600; 25-50)— 'L'Emigrante'. (3d wk), 
Won't touch $1,000 after- good $1,100. 

St. Denis ^Frarice-FUm). (2,300; 25- 
34)— 'Marseilles Mes Amours' and 
'Derrlere la Facade/ This house 
taking pre-Lent spurt with, good 
$6,000 In sight. Last week, 'Lingot 
et Cie* and 'Quartier Latin,' : very 
good $6,500. 



'Escape Glory* (Col) and .'Murder 
New York* (20th). Good $4,500. Last 
week, 'Road Show' (UA) and 'Ro- 
mance Rio Grande* (20th), ditto. 

Rlalto (Fox) (878; 25-40)— ^Ari- 
zona' (Col) , after a week at each the 
Denver and. Aladdjit, and 'Outsider' 
(Alliance). Satisfactory $2,200. List 
week, 'Thing Called . Love' (Col); 
after a week at each the Denver arid 
Aladdin. and 'Plane Robbery* (Col), 
fair $2,000. 



'LIVE' GREAT $6,000 
PORT.; 'MOTHERS' DIH0 



Portland, pre., Feb. 4. 

Only two new openers at major 
houses this week, with 'Four 
Mothers' doing well by the Orpheum 
and 'Come Live with Me' raking in 
at the United Artists. - * 

'Santa . Fe Trail' still holding its 
own in a second stanza at the Broad- 
way. 

Estimates for This Week 

Broadway (Parker) (2,000; 35*40- 
50)— 'Santa Fe' (WB) and 'Couldn't 
Say No' (WB). Second week holding 
up to good $5,000. First went over 
the top for $8,000. 

Mayfafr (Parker-Evergreen) (1.500; 
35-40-50)— 'Bagdad' (UA) and 'Cap- 
tain Caution' (UA). Fourth week 
still okay $2,9,00. Third week was 
above average for this spot, $3,500. 

O r p fa e n m (Hamrick-Evergreen) 
(i;800; <S5-40-50) — 'Four Mothers' 
(WB) and 'Charter Pilot* (20th) with 
vaude. In line '.for strong . $6,000. 
Last week, 'Nanette' (RKO) and 
•Street Memories' (20th) with vaude, 
.well received to score a high $7,300. 

Paramount (Hamrick-Evergreen) 
(3,000; 35-40-50) — 'Thing Called 
Love* (Col) and 'Angels: Broadway' 
(Col). Third week, for 'Love' and 
still holding up to nice $4,500. Second 
week, with 'Ellery Queen* (Col), 
great $7,000. 

United. Artists (Parker) (1,000; 35- 
40-50)— 'Live with Me' (M-G) and 
•Maisie Lady' (M-G). . Opened ahead 
of schedule and: looks like great 
$6,000. Last week, 'Bank Dick* (U) 
and 'Invisible Woman' • (U ) pulled 
after four; days, poor $2,300. . 

MONTREAL 

•Nanette* $6,500 —• Grosses Cut by 
- Counter- Attractions 



i •• Montreal, Feb. 4. ; 
Heavy counter-attraction, in ; Ice 
Follies at Forum over week-end 
emptied picture clients' pockets and 
Is cutting, down grosses currently. 
Ballet Russe at .His Majesty's .all 
week is another drain on picture 
purses.- Standout for the week. Is 
'Hudson's Bay,' which is oh the way 
to a good .. $8,000. . 'No, .: No: Nanette' 
is the runner-up, with 'Victory' next 
in line. .;. 

Estimates for This Week 
; Palace :(CT) (2,700; 25-45-55)— 'Na- 
nette* (RKO). Pacing for good 
$6,500. Last week,, 'Flight Command' 
(M r G), cut to good $7,000 .by sub- 
zero weather. 

Capitol . (CT) (2,700: SS;45-55) — 
•Victory' (Par) and 'Henry* (Par). 
Likely $5,500. Last week, 'Four 
Mothers' (WB) and 'Black Parrot* 
(WB), so-so $4,800. „ 

Loew's (CT) (2.800; 30-40-60) — 
•Hudson's Bay' 1 (20th)-. . Best of 
week, and may gross good - $8,000. 
Last week. 'Comrade X' (M-G) re- 
peat, good $5,500.' 




Washington, Feb; 4. 

All-big houses get credit for eight 
days this week .opening on Thurs- 
day to get in midnight shows* that 
night, when the President's' Birthday 
Ball was in progress.- All got great 
results from extra, runs; : and' show 
no serious letdown after the doings 
are over. ■' 

'Virginia/ 'at: the Earle', Warner 
house with ■ short, snappy vaude, is. 
packing 'em in, and happy because 
Stirling Hay den,; star of the film, 
came in week, or so before the ball 
and gave film big boost. Carolyn 
Lee, in the film; came for the ball, 
and still here in hospital with bron- 
chitis, i getting good play: in papers. 
Estimates, for This. Week 

Capitol (Loew) (3,434; 28-39-44-66) 
— 'Second Chorus' (Par): and vaude, 
with Hal LeRoy. Getting excellent 
$18,000. Last week 'Maisie' (M-G) 
went home to solid $21,000. 

Columbia (Loew) (1,234; 28-44)— 
'Hudson's Bay' (20th). (2d run) (8 
days). Not too. hot after previous 
one-week stay at Capitol. Will hit 
$4,300. Last week 'Comrade X' (M- 
G) came- back after, two big weeks 
at Palace, and went over estimate 
to $5,500. • 

Earle (WB) (2,216; 28-39-44-66)— 
'Virginia! and vaude (8 days). Bowl- 
ing *em over with film and only 30- 
minute vaude. Sure to hit socko 
$23,500. Last week 'North West 
Mounted' (Par) (2d ' wk) and vaude, 
held entire bill over for six days to 
fine $12,700. 

Keith's (RKO) (1,830; 39-55)—;. 
'Buck Privates' (U), Seven-day 
showing will give it only passable 
$6,500. Last week, last 10 days of 
'Kitty Foyle* (4th wk), got excel- 
lent $10,000. 

Met (WB) (1,600; 28-44)— 'North- 
west Mounted' (Par). Another eight- 
day proposition that will net $7,500. 
Last week 'Love Neighbor* (Par) (2d 
run), back after week at Earle, got 
average $4,100. . •' 

Palace (Loew) (2,242; 39-55)— 
'Gone* (M-G) (3d .wk). Pop-priced 
run should hold to fine $11,500. Last 
week t healthy $16,500. 



'HUDSON'S BAY' PACES 
DENVER WITH $10,000 



Deliver, Feb. 4. 
'Hudson's Bay/ coupled . with 
'Michael Shayne, Detective/ are gar- 
nering top coin this week. H.o. of 
Philadelphia Story' is also in a de- 
pendable bracket. 

Estimates for This Week 
Aladdin (Fox). (1,400; 25-40 )— 'Four 
Mothers' (WB), after a week at the 
Denver, and. 'Here Comes Navy' 
(WB) (reissue), day and date with 
the Broadway. . Nice $4,000. Last 
week, 'Arizona' (Col), after a week 
at the Denver, good $4,500. 
. Broadway <Fox) (1.040; 25-35-40) 
—'Kitty Foyle' (RKO) (2d wk) after 
a week at the Orpheum, and 'Here 
Comes Navy.' (WB) (reissue), day 
and date with the Aladdin. Fair $2,- 
500. Last week, 'Flight Command* 
(M-G) and 'Keeping. Company' (M-: 
G), after a week at the Orpheum, 
fair $3,000. .. 

•; Denhani (Cockrill). (1.750; 25-35- 
40)— 'Victory' (Par). , Poor $3,800. 
Last week, 'Texas Rangers' (Par), 
poor $3,500. ' 

Denver (Fox) (2.525; 25-35-40)— 
'Hudson's Bay' (20th) and 'Shayne, 
Detective' (20th). Good '$10,000. Last 
week;- 'Four Mothers' (WB). arid 'Ma- 
dam La Zonga' (U), fair $8,800, 

Orpheum (RKO) (2.600; 25-35-40) 
—'Philadelphia' (M-G) (2d . wk). 
Good $8,000; Last week, strong $14,- 
000. ■■■■ 

Paramount CFox) (2.200: 25-40)— 




. Louisville, Feb. 4.. : 
Topping all activities is 'Gone* on 
return at Loew's State, . Prices were 
tilted slightly for the come-back en- 
gagement, .'■ and ' with the low show 
patrons are finding It necessary to 
wait a couple hours before getting 
into the house at all. Weather has 
been coolish, but no rain or snow, 
and Ideal for patrons. Takings on 
first week should go to phenomenal 
$25,000, which will crowd the mark 
set on first showing, about a year ago 
'High Sierra' on h.o. stanza at the 
Mary Anderson Is. continuing , its ex-, 
cellent showing, and' second week's 
figure should equal initial stanza." 

Plenty of opposlsh in town Satur 
day (1); with Kay Kyser band at the 
Armory playing to 20,000 people; 
'Hellzapoppin' at Memorial Aude, 
and a big Firemen's Ball at the Ma- 
drid Ballroom, all of which did ter- 
rific biz. Amusement spending. looks 
to be on the upbeat arid' maybe some 
of the defense workers in this area 
are finally making their presence felt 
in' a practical way at downtown 
b.o.' ■'. 

Estimates for This Week 

. Brown (Loew's-Fourth Avenue) 
(1.400; 15-30-40 )^'Bagdad' (UA) and 
'Ellery Queen' (Col). Pace holding 
plenty good after moyeover ' from 
Loew's State. Stepping alona. for 
okay $2,500. Last week, 'Flight Com- 
mand' (M-G) and 'Keeping Com- 
pany' (M-G), continued to make nice 
showing on moveover for fine $2,300. 

Kentucky (Switow) (1,200; 15-25) 
—'Letter* (WB) and 'Earl Carroll's' 
(Par), split with 'South Suez* (WB) 
-and ,'Blondie Cupid* (Col). Looking 
for okay $1,700. Last week, 'Zorro' 
(UA) and 'Burma* (Par), very good 
$1,600. . 

Loew's State (Loew's) (2;100; 33- 
50)— 'Gone' (M-G). Return to this 
house after, last year's tremendous 
engagement is making terrific b.o 
impact. In face of strong opposish 
from Kay Kyser's one-nighter Satur- 
day (I) and legit show at Memorial 
Aude, as well as numerous other 
dances, etc., 'Gone* had to turn 'em 
away!" Aiming at terrific $25,000. Last 
week, 'Bagdad' (UA) and 'Ellery 
Queen* (Col), took slick $9,000 and 
moved to Browh for second stanza. 

Mary Anderson (Libsori) (1,000; 
15-30-40)— 'High Sierra* (WB) (2d 
wk). Sharing in the general boom 
at the downtown wickets, arid pace 
gives indications of equaling first 
week's returns, probably fine $3,800. 
Last week same pic came through for 
excellent $4,000. 

Blalto (Fourth Avenue) (3,400; 15- 
30-40 )-r'Victory* (Par) ; and 'Henry' 
(Par). Biz is likewise on the 
healthy side here, indicating okay 
$7,500. Last week, 'Second Chorus' 
(Par) and 'Texas Rangers' (Par) on 
the .all right aide for satisfactory 
$8,500. 

Strand (Fourth Avenue) (1,400; 
15-30-40)— 'Tall,- Dark* (20th) and 
'Girl in News' (20th). Looks solid 
at $3,200.. Last week, 'Bank Dick' 
(U) and 'Lucky Devils* (U), all right 
$3,000. . 



'Story' 4»/ 2 G, 'Foreign' 
$4,100^ Great in Lincoln 

. Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 4. 

Money came dashing out into the 
open this week for- two fllms-:- 
'Philadelphia Story/ at Lincoln, and. 
'Foreign Correspondent/ at Varsity. 
Both films are in . the $4,000 class, or 
better, an exceptional count any 
week with any film here. ./ 

'Honeymoon For TWee'. is around 
the Stuart's usual average, and the 
rest of the town is sorso: 

Estimates for This Week 

Colonial (Moriroe-Noble-Federer) 
(750; .10-15)— 'Secret Valley' (20th) 
and 'Gaucho Serenade' (Rep), split 
with 'Fargo Kid', (RKO) and 'Flying 
Deuces' (RKO). All right, $900. Last 
week. 'Wyoming Wildcat' (Rep) and 
'Earl Puddlestone* (Rep), split with- 
Tomboy' (Mono) and 'Lone Star 
Raiders* (Rep), fair $800. 

Lincoln (J. H. Cooper-Par) (1.503; 
10-25-40) — 'Philadelphia _ Story* 
(M-G). It's a humdinger and the 
pace solid. . Will get around $4,600. 
and will, probably go extra days. 
Last week, .'Son Crlsto* (UA), very 
light $2,800. - i 

Nebraska (J. H. Cooper-Par) (L- 
236; 10-20-25) — 'Slightly Tempted' 
(U ) ani» 'V-re Comejs Navy' (WB). 



Mpk Short of Cash; Vaude Helps 

to $17500, Thifly' 2d 7^ 




Nice enough, $2,300. Last week, 
'Next . Time Love* (U) and 'Giv* Us 
Wings* (U ), okay $2,000. 

Stoart (j; H. Cooper-Par) (1,884; 
10-29-40)— 'Honeymoon Three' (WB). 
Will break the house about even. 
$3,600. Last week, 'Chad HarW 
(2Qth), disappointed at f 2,700. 

Variety (Noble-Federer) (1,100; 
10-20r25)— Tace Behind Mask' (Col) 
arid 'Bowery Boy' (Rep), split with 
'Black Parrot' (WB) and 'Meet 
Missus' (Rep). Not bad, $1,900. Hist 
week, •Little Men' (RKO) and 'Saint 
Palm Springs'. (RKO), very weak 
$1,100. 

Varsity (Noble-Federer) (1,100: 10- 
25-40) — 'Foreign Corresponaerit' 
(UA). Making a fine stab for large 
money, around. $4,100. ; Last w6ek, 
'Arizona' (Col), okay $3,300. 




: .^ : Cincinnati, Feb.: ; 4. 

. Two of the three fresh releases 
currently are winners, yet their, tugs 
are not strong enough to put com 
biried biz oh the . black side. : Front 
ing is 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' for a 
good . Albee mark. . Grand has a 
blackie in 'Honeymoon for Three.' 
Deep under, .'Victory' is to be. jerked 
froiri the Palace after sixth day; 

Vaudfllm Shubert is On the high 
side with 'Life With Henry' arid a 
corking variety , layout headlined by 
Ada Leonard and her band, r 
Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (3,300: 33-40-50) — 
'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' (RKO). Good 
$11,500. Laist week, 'Arizona* (Col), 
fair $9,500. 

Capitol (RKO) (2.000; 33-40-50)— 
'Arizona* (Col). Switched from Al- 
bee for second week. Mild $4,000. 
Same last week on 'Bagdad' (UA) 
(2d run). 

Family (RKO) (1,000; 15-28).— 
'Swimming Hole' (Mono) and 'Ro- 
mance Rio Grande' (20th), split with 
'Doomed Caravan' (Par) and 'Barn- 
yard Follies' (Rep). Normal $2,100. 
Ditto last week- for. 'Meet Missus' 
(Rep) and 'Phantom Submarine* 
(Col), divided with 'Ape* (Mono) 
and 'Chamber Horrors* (Morio). 

Grand (RKO) (1,430; 33-40-50) — 
'Honeymoon Three' (WB). Okay 
$5,000. Last week, 'Road Show' 
(UA), season's low at $2,000. 

KelthV (Libsori) (1,500; 33-40-50) 
—'Second Chorus* (Par). Moveover 
from Palace for second week. No. 
dice at $2,800. Last week, Thing 
Called Love' (Col) (2d run), socko 
$5,000. 

Lyric (RKO) (1.400; 33-40-50) — 
Thing Called Love' (Col); Third 
week on main line. All right $3,200. 
Last week, 'Hudson's Bay' (20th) (2d 
run), sad $2,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2,600; 33-40-50) — 
•Victory' (Par); Lowest figure for 
this house in'months; out after six 
days to $4,500. Last week, 'Second 
Chorus* (Par), very good $11,500. 

Shubert (RKO) (2,150; 33-44-60)— 
•Henry* (Par) and vaude topped by 
Ada Leonard orchestra. Good $12,- 
000. Last week, 'Maisie Lady' (M-G) 
and 'International Casino' revue, fair 
$10,500. 



'RANGERS' 22G, B'KLYN 

•Mothers' Good $18,000 — 'Comrade' 
H.O., $17,000 



Brooklyn, Feb. 4. 

Brightest biz of.the week at Fabian 
Fox displaying Texas Rangers Ride 
Again* and 'Second Chorus/ Two 
houses holding over are RKO Albee 
with 'Hudson's Bay* and 'Play Girl,' 
and Loew's Metropolitan with 'Com- 
rade X' and 'Hullabaloo/ . : ... 

Estimates for Tfals Week . 

Albee (RKO ) (3,274; 25-35-50 )— 
•Hudson's Bay' (20th) and 'Play Girl* 
(RKO) (2d wk). Good. $15,000. Last 
week, nice $18,500. 

Vox (Fabian) (4,039; 25-35-50V- 
Texas Rangers' (Paif) and. 'Second 
Chorus* (Par). Booming $22,000. 
Last week, 1 'Dancing Dime! (Par) and 
'Here Comes Navy: (WB) (re-issiie), 
fair $15,000. : 

Met (Loew's) (3,618; 25-35-50)— 
'Comrade X' *(M-G) and 'Hullabaloo' 
(M-G) (2d wk). Attractive $17(000. 
Last week, first-rate $20,000.. 

Paramount (Fabian) (4.126; 25-35- 
50)— .'Four Mothers*: (WB) arid 'San 
Francisco Docks' (U). Good $18,000, 
'High Sierra' (WB) arid 'Earl Car- 
roll's' (Par) due .tomorrow (Wed.). 
Last week. 'Victory' , (Par) and 
.'Pastor Hall* (UA) (2d ..wk); satis- 
factory $14,000. 

Strand (WB) (2,870; 25-35-40)— 
•Bowery Boy* (Rep) and 'Streets 
Cairo' (U). So-so $4,500. Last week; 
'Larceny . Street* (Ind) and 'Melody 
Ranch* (Rep); rl"" ■"* "OO. 



Minneapolis, Feb.. 4. 

Huge entertainment bargain on tap 
at the Orpheum should ' have 'eni. 
fighting iand breaking down the doors 
to : get in. But the fact that there's 
no mad rush of customers seems to 
supply further extensive proof that 
this town isn't in the big league box- 
office class. With the Andrews Sis- 
ters headlining, and joe Venutl and 
his band and the Three Stooges also 
in . the stage . show, : and 'Second 
Chorus' bri the screen, it's a whale of 
a buy at 55c. Of course, it's doing 
business, will lead the town's box- 
office race in a canter, and probably 
show the house a satisfactory profit 
despite its hefty cost. But the tak- 
ings aren't , at all commensurate with 
the extraordinary value provided. . 

This sort of : murderous opposition 
andjthe St; Paul Winter Carnival, the 
Northwest's Mardi Gras, which is 
drawing plenty of Minneapolitans to 
the. sister city, plus the flu epidemic, 
are making the going plenty tough 
lor the other, contenders. However,. 
.'Philadelphia -Story/ the lone hold- 
-over, in its second, week at the State 
after a bang-up initial seven days, is 
holding up well. 

Jn 'Screwballs of 1941« the'-Mirine- 
sota really has a topriotch stage shovf. 
'Melody Ranch' is. on the screen. Bilt 
the opposition, is too .tough. ': As . a 
result, starvation appears to be its- 
undeserved fate. • 

'Son of Monte Crlsto/ and 'Lilac 
Domino* also are dying ori their feet. 
Apparently there just isn't: enough 
profitable business to go. around;' 
Estimates for This Week 

Aster (Par-Singer) (900; 15-28 )— 
.'Night Tropics'. (U). and' 'Black' 
Parrot' (WB). Dual first-runs in. for 
entire week. A strong linc-up for' 
this house, arid may hit good $2,000. 
Last week. 'Dancing Dime' (Par V and 
•Pier 13' . (20th ) : , dual first ^runs j n for 
five days, and 'Plane Robberv! (Col) 
and 'Nobody's -Children' (Col), also 
dualflrst-ruris playing four days! fair 
$1,500 for nine-day combo. 

Century (Par-Singer) (1.600; 28-39- 
44)— 'Son CristO' (UA). Mild $3,000 
indicated, Last week, 'Kittv Fovle' 
(RKO) (2d wk), .good $4,000. after 
fine $8,600 first week. 

Esquire (Berger) (290; 15-28)— 
'College Swing' (Par) (re-issue); 
With Bob Hope's name played up all 
over front, this orie is doing business. 
Good $900 in prospect. Last week, 
'San Francisco' (M-G) (re-issue), 
bad $500. • 

Gopher (Par-Singer) (998; 28)— 
Bank Dick' (U). May reach okay 
$2,600. Last week, Texas Rangers' 
(Par), mild $1,800 in six days. 

Minnesota (Middle States) (4,000; 
28-39)— 'Melody Ranch' (Rep) arid 
'Screwballs of 1941' ori . stage: 
Hampered by its title, lack of box- 
office .riames, arid opposition at 
Orpheum. Very bad $6,000 looks 
about all. Last week, "Behind News' 
(Rep) and Sally Rand unit on stage, 
with, latter largely responsible for 
the $11,100* very big at scale. . 

Orpheum (Par-Singer) (2.800;. 28- 
44-55)— 'Second Chorus' (Par); and: 
Andrews Sisters, Joe Veriuti's or- 
chestra, Three Stooges, etc., on stage. 
Probably impossible to give 'cm 
more iri entertainment for the 
money. Giving, gray hairs to the op- 
position. . Should stretch to $17,500, 
big, but under what layout merits.. 
Last week. 'Four Mothers' (WB) arid 
Slmone Simon, Isabel Jewell , etc., on 
stage, $8,000, bad. 

State (Par-Singer) (2.300:. 28-39- 
44)— 'Philadelphia' (M-G) (2d wk). 
Has taken town by storm. Holding 
up well in face of strong counter 
attractions. May reach fine $7,500. • 
Last week, $10,100, very big. 

Uptown (Par) (1,200; 28-39)— 
lietter' (WB). . First neighborhood 
showing, Good - $2,700 in prospect. 
Last week, 'Escape- (M-G), first riabe 
Showing, okay $2,400. . ■ : 

World (Par-Singer-Steffes) ■ (350;; 
28-39-44-55)— 'Lilac Domitto' (Select). ; 
Gave way after three days to 'Long 
Voyage! (UA): on Monday (3).: Light 
$300. Last week, 'Grapes Wrath 
(20th) (re-issue )> slim $300 in four 
days. ■. ■ 



1st Round-Table Shwt 



First .of a- series of shorts f eatiir- , 
irig Dorothy Thompson, Wythe Wil- 
liams, Llritpn Wells and •: W^iliam L, 
Shifer in a round-table ori interna- 
tional affairs has been completed, 
and will be released shortly. O'ne- 
reeler was produced by William 
Rowland at the Eastern Service 
Studios, Astoria, L. I. r about- two 
weeks ago. it will.be distributed by 
Columbia. 

. Series .is labeled 'What's . the . 
Shooting For* and is being handled 
n the standard radio forum, sfyle. 
Differerit personalities will be fear 
tured in each one.. Burnet Hershcy. 
radio cominentator, is supervising. 



Wednesday* February 5, 1941 



PICTURE CROSSES 11 



,000, Phifly; 





- Philadelphia, Feb; 4. 
- It's holdover week in .Philly, but 
•its spelling healthy biz; aU ; along, 
B O ' S are showing Tbsy complexions 
as fllmgoers are continuing the rush 
they started last week. 
• There - a r'e. only three newcomers 
making their bow-in. - this sesh. ; arid 
too of them are joining the happy 

• tirade: 'High Sierra', at the Fox, 
Ini 'Keeping CompanyV plus. 'Streets 
of Paris* revue at the Earle. 'Lady 

" With Red Hair* at the Karlton is also 
holding its own. ^ . 

Holdovers getting good results are 
« Go ne,' 'Philadelphia: Story,' 'Kitty 
Foyle' and 'Tall, Dark and Hand- 
some '* Only picture in the turkey, 
category. ..is ■'■ 'Road Show' at the 
Aldine; v.' 

Estimates tor This Week . - 
Aidihe (WB) (1,303; 35-46-57-68)^- 
iRoad Show* (UA)' (2d wk;). Headed 

: for one of the poorest . grosses in the 
Aldine's history witti $4,20Q. Last 
Week, not much better , with sad- 
$5 300. House shutters end of. the 
week for installation of special 
equipment for showing of .'Fan- 
. tasta' which bperisVFeb, 12. '..-' ':■;■ 
r Arcadia (Sablosky ) (600;, 35-46-57) 

': ~'Love Neighbor' (Par) (2d run). 
Fair $3,700; Last week's, third-run 
try for 'Northwest Mounted' (Par), 
slightly better $3,800. ... .; 

foyd (WB) (2.560; 35.^6r57-68)— 
•Philadelphia' ttVNG) (3d wk ). Still 
showing plenty of. power with' 
$18,000. Last week, r sock $22,500. 
'Will hang, on for. at least brie more 
ride. '. . 

Earle- (WB) -(2,758; 35-46-57-68 W 
"Keeping Company' (M-G) plus 
. 'Streets of Paris 1 revue: : Looks good 
for Okay $23,000. Last week, 'Vigi- 
lantes' (U) and stage show featuring 
Ersklne Hawkins otchestra, . pulled 
a sleeper with ultra-smashing $30,500, 
nearlng the house record. 

Fox (WB) (2,423; 35-46-57-^68)— 
•High Sierra' (WB). Jogging along 
with a bright $18,500. Last we2k, 
•Hudson's Bay' (20th) Just made par 
With $15,000. 

Karlton (WB) (l;066; 35-46-57-68) 
—'Red Hair' (WB). Lack of room 
forced this one to open in usual sec- 
ond-run house, netting, a fairish 

{4,800. Last week. 'Comrade .X' 
M-G) (2d run), bullish $5,200. 
Keith's (WB) (1,970; 35-46-57-68)— 
I •Kitty Foyle' (RKO) (2d run) (3d 
Wk.). Neat $4,800 for sixth week 
downtown. Last, week's take a shade 
better with $4,900. 

Stanley (WB) (2,916; 35-46-57-68) 
•-'Gone' (M-G (2d Wk.). Looks like 
repetition of last year's dizzy pace; 
netting. a sensational $27,000 on this 
■trip. Last week, ditto. 

Stanton (WB) (1,457; 35-46-57)— 
Tall, Dark' (20th) (2d wk ). Word- 
of-mouth taking effect and giving 
better b.o.. on second try than first. 
Getting $5,500 for round two. com- 
pared with $5,200 for unveiling. 

'GONE' BIG $20,000 
IN 2D BALT0 WK 



Estimated Total Grdsi u 
List Week*. . . ... ... . $1,753,000 

(.Bated on 25 cities, 172 thea- 
tre*, cniefly first runs, tnctudino - 
W. Y.) . • -..'• "' 

Total Gross Same Week .-':'.- 

Last Year/, ...,.; . -. . .$2,319,700 
(Based on 26 ctties, 178 theatres) 








Baltimore, Feb. 4. 

Continued good biz here, with most: 
b.o.» booming in spite of h.o; films. 
New entries of 'Buck Privates,' at 
Keith's, and 'Maisie Was a Lady,' at 
the New, holding their own nicely; 

Considerable, fanfare broke loose 
here with the opening of Bill Hicks' 
new Majfair, on the site of the 
.- . former legit Audi torium, located on 
th» fringe of the downtown area. 
Destined for subsequent runs,, house 
nevertheless opened with 'A Night 
' tl^rl Carroll's' slated for a week 
pt a 10-15-28 scale for the 1,000 seats 
available. ■ '; -.. •-. 

Estimates for This. Week ■■.•' 
; . ^Pentiiry .(Loew^UA) (3.000; 25- 
$1- ? ~, 'Gorje' (M-G ) (2d wk). 
^mtaming: terrific pace set on 
t%?£5 g r i* und pointing to big 
WHar'sesh 61, e: ' ttra ^ 28 - 600 for 

i« 1 ?o P 5!?^ rome ^Rappaport) . (2,205; 
ft5-39-44-55-66) - "Thing Called 
■ Love' . (Col) (2d wk). H. .. with 
Si an «e . of vaude , portion to Maior 
Sf 5 . Sixth Anniversary Show. 
S n *, in lA stron S and, should reach 
KgJlJf?' week; with vaude, 

^'fe.^ 3 ^^^: (2;406; ; 15- 
. , 28.33-39-44) ^ '^uck Privates' '(U ), 
Attracting trade and should garner 
'S.W?,? J 6 - 00 ** ; Last week, 'Road 
Sh ° w WA),. fairish $5,200. , ... 
14V (Mechanic) (1.581; 15-28-35- 
*4)-- Maisie Was Lady* (MrG). Good 
St°: r l hls ser »es. attracting steady 
im ;l me fsmme patronage to mount 
• iL? , ay ? 5 '?°9 in this limited seatcr. 
Last week, 'Girl in News' (20th ); fair 

■K?^S e ^ (3-280; 15-28-39-44- 

- itahZ ? nta ( WB ) (2d wk). Still 
Lr*5,i Stro , n,? with: a11 right $12,000 in ■ 
$17300 8 bo 9 mil »8: nrst round to 



Pittsburgh. Feb. 4. . 

While .the bad- weather, whicfr has. 
had. an extended run of 12 continu- 
ous days of snow and sleet, is un- 
doubtedly nicking the grosses, the 
bigger; attractions are acting as 
though It were balriiy; falL Imperyi-. 
ous- to fain ;or shine, : 'Philadelphia 
Story' is : giving the ; Penn . ushers 
sore dogs, .while 'Gone,' moved, to 
the Warner: after two weeks at the 
Penn, is reviving, memories, of busi- 
ness at that theatre a year ago when 
it played the same attraction on 
roadshow basis. 

Senator with . "Thing Called Love' 
in third week is still doing surprise 
business and is demanding fourth; 
Larry Clinton on stage at Stanley, 
is proving somewhat of a disappoint- 
ment, although business at the big 
deluxer -wilt be fair.- 

Estimates for This Week 

Fulton (Shea) (1.750; 25-40)— 'East 
Oliver' (WB). Will get the: house 
about an even, break at $3,200! Last 
week. 'Kildare's Crisis* (M-G), heed- 
ing a" hypo at $2,700. 

Penn (Loew's-UA) (3,300; 40-55)— 
'Philadelphia' (M-G). Zooming for 
sensational $24,500 at regular, prices. 
This gives. Penn three sock weeks 
in a row. ; L?st week, 'Gone' (M-G V 
mighty. $22,000; 

Bltz (WB) (800; 25-35-50)— 'Texas 
Rangers' (Par) arid. 'Earl Carroll's' 
(Par). Will do all right : for. this 
Wile house at $2,200: Last week, 
'Bagdad' (UAV hv third week down- 
town, substantial $2,800. 

Senator (Harris) (1.700: 25-35-50) 
—'Thing Called Love' (Col). Best 
thing: this house has had since 'Tin 
Pan Alley.' Third week should get 
In nice $4,500. Last week, built to 
$6T»00. .Set for fourth try. 

Stanley ( WB ) (3.600; . 25-40-60 ) — 
'Four . Mothers' (WB) . and Larry 
Clinton orchestra on stage.- -Prov- 
ing somewhat of a disapnointmerit. 
Will turn in fair $16,000, Last week, 
■•Scnohd Chorus' (Par) , and 'Streets 
of . Paris Revue* got by in spite of 
f wither. $21;500. 

Warner (WB) (25-35-50.) —'Gone' 
(M-G). Burning uo the foyer car- 
pets at $10,000 in third week down- 
town. Will play ariothor week at 
thi« house. Last week. 'Little Men' 
(RKO) and 'Nanette! (RKO), slid off 
to mild $4,000. 



'Kitty/ Sans Hearst 
in 

Garners Big 



Seattle, Feb. 4. 

Without benefit of art or publicity 
in the' Hearst Post Intelligencer, 
operated by sbn-iri-law Boettiger of 
President RooseVelt. but with one 
review by drama editor : J. Willis 
Savre, and that" in . very compli- 
mentary tone, 'Kitty Foyle* (RKO). 
is getting on toward a big gross. 
P. I. critic, corhoared 'Kitty* in lauda- 
tory tones to 'Our Town.' but the lid 
is down on free Publicity policy -of 
paper, due to the 'Citizen Kane' 
(RKO) rumpus. 

. .'Philadelphia Story? ^ has a good 
session oh. moveover to Music Box. 
'Hudson's Bay' rolls .into second week 
at Paramount. • : . , 
Estimates for This: Week 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick-Evergreen)- 
(850: 30-40-50)— 'Victory' (Par) and 
'Up in Air* (Mono). Bad $1,900. Last 
week. -Second / Chorus' (Par) arid 
'Night Train' (20th) (2d wk), nice 
enough $2,400. '• , . • 1 V 

do 1 1 s e urn (Hampick-Evergreeri ),.; 
fl.900: 16-32)— Tin Pan Alley' (20th) I 
arid 'South Suez* (WB) (2d run)..! 
Garnering a big $3,800. Last week. 
'Escape', (M-G) and 'Christmas July* 
IPar) first half; 'Blondie Cupid' (Col) 
replacing last half, only . moderate 
$2 700. ' . . -■■ ' . 

Fifth Avenue rifamrick -Evergreen ) 
f2.349:. 30-40-50) — 'Kitty . Foyle' 
fRKOV-and-i'Tall. Dark' f20th). Fancy 
at $8,000. Last week, 'Philadelphia' 



(M-G) and 'Shayne Detective', (20th) 
(2d wk), big $7,100. , 

Liberty (J-vH) (1,650; 30-40-50)— 
Escape GlOry ' : (Col ) , and . 'Blondie 
Servant Trouble' (Col). Slow $3,600. 
Last Week, 'Ellery Queen*' (Col), and 
'Girls 21* (Col), no dice at $3,300, 

Music Box (Harnrick-Evergreen) 
(850; 30-40r50)^- , PhiladeIphia' (M-G ) 
and 'Shayne Detective' (20th) (3d 
wk), Enough power- for great $3,900.' 
Last Week, /Love. Neighbor* (Par) 
and 'Jennie' (20th) (2d wk, six days ), 
$2,400, good. ■ 

.O r.ph eu m (Harririck-Evergreen) 
(2,600; 30-40-50)— 'High Sierra' (WB) 
and 'Get Girl' (U). Big campaign; 
including 24 billboards for 'Sierra,' 
riflpJrig. .this house, to haridsOme 
$7 t 200. Last week, -Horieymooh Three' 
(WB) and. 'Texas Rangers' (Par), 
mild $3,900. 

Palomar (Sterling) (1,350; 20-50)— 
'Riding Rainbow* (Rep) arid 'Remedy 
Riches' (RKO), plus vaude. Sturdy 
$6,000. Last week, .'Madame LaZonga' 
(U) and 'Before I Hang' CCol) plus 
stage show, Pinky Tomliri headliriirig, 
garnered okay $5,200. >.*...• 

Paramount . (Hamrick-Evergreen) 
(3:039; 30-40-50) — 'Hudson's Bay": 
(20th ) arid : 'Saint : Palm Springs' 
(RKO) (2d wk). Good erioUgh. $1,900. 
Last week, wonderful $8,500. 

Roosevelt (Sterling) (800; 16^32)— 
'Bank Dick' (U) and 'Four Mothers' 
(Rep ) (2d run ). Okay at $1,900. 
Last week, 'Find Out' (RKO) and 
'East River'- (WB), $1,700, slow. 

Winter Gat-den (Sterling) (800: 16- 
30)-r'Third Finger' (M-G ) and 'City 
Conquest'; (WB) (2d run). Heading 
for $2,100, good. Last week, 'Argen- 
tine! Way' (20th) and 'Dulcy' (M-G) 
(2d run), good $2,000.. 




. Indianapolis,' Feb. 4. . . 
Managers of theatres in the down- 
town area were furnished with a 
ready-made alibi this week, but 
they don't need it. : Sonja Henie and 
her Hollywood Ice .Revue moved 
into the Coliseum on the State Fair 
Grounds Thursday (30) for six- 
day stay and seats were sold out a 
week in advance at $3.30 top. This 
takes a lot of coin out of the thea- 
tre, district, .but. natives ate going 
down into the toes of their socks arid 
business is clicking in all downtown 
houses. 

Loew's, with 'Gone With the Wind* 
at. reduced prices, is a breeze, with 
record take hampered .only by 
length of pic which curtails turn- 
over. Indiana,' dualling . 'Mr. ! and. 
Mrs: Smith' and 'Saint in Palm 
Springs,' is reaping a . harvest with 
the best week of the current year 
a certainty, Circle, holding over 
'Kitty Foyle' and 'Remedy' .Riches' 
for a second week, also in the blue 
chips. ; 

Estimates for This Week 

Circle (Katz-Dolle) (2.600; 25-30-. 
40)—'Kitty Foyle' (RKO) and 'Rem- 
edy Riches' (RKO (2d wk). Good 
$5,800. Last week, healthy $9,600. 

Indiana (Katz-Dolle) (3.100; 25-30- 
40)— 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith* (RKO) 
and 'Saint Palm Springs' (RKO). 
Very good $9,500; Last week, -.'High 
Sierra T (WB) and 'Give Us. Wings' 
(U), weak $6,400. : • 

Loew's- (Loew's) (2,400; 40-55) — 
'Gone' (,UA). Back, at reduced 
priecs and bringing bargain hunters 
out. in droves for nifty $12,000, Last 
week. 'Bagdad' (UA); and 'Nobody's 
Children* (Col), not So good $7,200. 

Lyric (Lyric) (1.900; 25^30-40) — 
'Meet Missus' (Rep) and Gray Gor- 
don orch on stage. Fair $9,000. Last 
week. 'Barnyard Follies' (Rep) and 
'Shoot Works' On stage, poor $5,500. 



'Fantasia' Off to $17,500 1st Wk., 




•9 




lities,' 'Live' $18,700 



Broadway Grosses 

Estimated Total Gross . 
Last Week.. . . . .$377,100 

: (Based on 13 theatres) . . 
Total Gross Same Week 
, Lait ; Tear... ... .. .$380,700 

(Based on 12 theatres) ' 






16G, BUFF. 



Buffalo, Feb: 4, 
. Continued choice screen, bait,, both, 
in the form of fresh releases as : well 
as holdovers and second Tuns, ; with a 
touch, of- stage' lure added, is hypoing, 
the turnstiles. Spitalny orchestra and 
'Four Mothers', riding along at a po- 
tent clip, while 'Gone's' third round 
is still, plenty bullish, : . 
. Vincent Lopez in a short three- 
day session, at the 20th Century with 
'pile Crowded Night'— the first split 
week a stage attraction Has ever, 
played, at any local first-rUri houses 
proved a disappointment, though 
helping-the week's figure.- 'Philadelr 
phia* second run is okay, and 'Invis- 
ible Woman' is holding to the. quick- 
ened pace apparent the .past fornight 
at the Lafayette. ; ■ , . 

. . Estimates for This Week ' 

Buffalo (Shea) (3,500; 35-55)— 
'Four Mothers' (WB) and Phil Spital- 
ny orchestra. Continued healthy tone, 
around rosy / $16,000. Last week, 
'Philadelphia' (M-G) and 'Man Bor- 
neo' (M-G), drove up. to over choice 
$17,000. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3,000; 35-55) 
—'Gorie' (M-G) (3d wk). Showing 
corttinued drawing power with hefty 
$15,000. Last week, plenty fancy 
$16,500. - 

Hipp (Shea) (2;100; 30-45)— 'Phila- 
delphia' (M-G) and 'Man Borneo' 
(M-G) (2d run). Peppy $7,500. Last 
week, 'Here Come? Navy' (WB) (re- 
issue) and 'River's End' (WB), okay 
$6,500.. - 

Lafayette (Hyrnan) (3,300; 30-40)— 
'Invisible Wornan' (U) and 'Margie' 
(U). Will sew up better than good 
$7,500. Last week, 'Thing Called 
Love' (Col) (2d wk) and 'Plane Rob- 
bery' (Col), romped in with punchy 
$8,000. 

. 30th Century (Dipson) (3,000; 30- 
40)— 'Crowded Night' (RKO) and 
Vincent Lopez orchestra on stage (3 
days). Not too raricy $4,500. 'Make 
Music' (RKO) arid 'Li'l Abrier' 
(RKO) (4 days), fair enough $4,000. 
Last week, 'East River" (WB) and 
'Always Bride' (WB), mild $5,000. • 



One War at a Time 



Hollywood, Feb. 4, 
World War No. 1 went into action 
yesterday (Mon.) at Warners with 
Gary Cooper playing the title role 
in 'Sergeant York.' . 

Other toppers, in the cast are Wal- 
ter Brennan and Jean Leslie. 







'Bagdad 1 $14,00O-^'Sierra ? Good $10,000 pespite 
Clubwomen's Panning 



Cleveland. Feb. 4. 

Belated : sunshine is bringing : -in 
suburbanites who have' been snow- 
bound, and Warming up downtown 
houses. Despite Kay Ky.ser's milk- 
ing nearly $30;000 out of Palace last 
week. Cab - Calloway teamed . with 
Mills Bros, and 'Escape to Glory* are 
giving- the RKO de luxer another 
extra healthy stanza. ■ 
'State next- door also getting unex- 
pectedly good play with Thief of 
Bagdad.* At Hipp 'High Sierra* is 
breaking above ^average, while 'Gone': 
on third, round at. pop prices' is 
spurting far over Stillman's ordinary 
■figure;.- . 

.Estimates for Thl9 Week . 

Allen (RKO) (3,000; 30-35-42-55) 
—Thing Called Love' (CoD, .Excel- 
lent $5,000 for this moveover. -Last 
week. 'Kitty Foyle' (RKO) (3d wk i. 
DO less- satisfactory- at $4,700.- 

■Hipp, f Warner) (3,700:. 30.-35-.42-55) 
--'High Sierra' (WB). Severely 



panned by . critics and clubwomen, 
but v a riice. draw at $10,000. Last 
week; 'Thing. Called Love' (Col), 
tuneful $13,200. . 

. Palace (RKO) (3,200; 30-35-42-55- 
60 )— 'Escape GlOry' (Col) plus Cab: 
Calloway .orchestra . arid Mills Bros, 
on stage. ' - Surprisirig strength here, 
with week-end standees. Very sriiart 
$19,00.0 possible; Last week, 'Play- 
girl' (RKO) and Kay Kyser crew 
oh a five-arid-six-a-day grind ran up 
a smashing $29,000. 

: . State (Loew's) (3,450; 30-35-42-55) 
—'Bagdad* (UA). Showmanship in 
advance campaign set . this one up 
prettily, and well liked,; for worthr 
while. $14,000. Last week,: .'Gone' 
(M-G) on ,.h.o., nabbed- grand 
$23,900. . 
Stlllman (Loew's) (1,972; 30-35-42- 

j 55)— 'Gorie' (M-G). Going big on 

I third': week, around $11,000. easily, 
Last week, 'Kildare's Crisis.* (M-G), 

IgoOd $4,300. ' ■ 



Los Angeles, Feb. 4. 
(Best Exploitation: Carthay Circle)! 

Orpheum theatre, yvith Earl Car-. 
roll's 'Vanities,' headed by Bert 
Wheeler on stage, is leading the 
town this week. ■ It's, first big busi? 
ness house has had in some stanzas 
arid Carroll should garner neat 
$10,000 for his share: Otherwise, 
however, '. balmy weather . ..Sunday 
sent thousands to the beaches, cut- 
ting heavily into the grosses. : 

Greatest combined gross will fall 
to Pantages and RKO, with close to 
$20,000 for 'This Thing Called Love/ 
Disney's 'Fantasia' relighted Carthay 
Circle. (29), and with a sellout' 
preem should have, rib: trouble ..hit- 
tlng lucrative $17,500 oh first week. 

Warners, day-da ters are : holding' 
over' 'High Sierra, r . mostly, through 
product shortage, but. -Will " come out" 
on right side of ledger. Paramount* 
duahng 'Victory* (second week) with' 
•You're the One* and radio revue On- 
stage; looks headed for $13,000. 

By way Of exploitation for 'Fan- 
tasia," Fox- West Coast is currently ; 
contacting all Southern. California' 
newspapers, dailies and weeklies., for 
probably first, time in five years. It's 
bringing loads of free publicity. 'Ex- 
ploitation staff also tied up four win- 
dows with ,the exclusive Magriin . 
store and prevailed upon establish- 
ment to take riewspaper space ad- 
vertising the cartoon opus. In ad- 
dition more -than 1,000 . school li- 
brarians arid art schools throughout. 
Southern . California were contacted 
by means of a special one-sheet, and 
other literature! 

Estimates for This Week 

Carthay Circle (F-WC) (1,516; 55- 
83-$1.10-$1.65)— 'Fantasjla' (Disney )i 
Debutted (29) to $5.50 preem, gar- 
nering around $5,000 on the night, 
and on basis of early returns should 
hit big $17,500 on the initial week. 
Looks like substantial run in sight. 

Chinese (Grauman-F-WC ) (2,034; 
30-44-55-75)— 'Life with Me' (M-G) 
and 'Liberty' (M-G). ! So-so $8,700. 
Last week, 'Flight Command' (M-G) 
and 'Shayne Detective' (20th), fell 
short of expectations at $9,500. 

Downtown (WB) (1,800; 30-44-55) 
— 'High Sierra' (WB) and 'Couldn't 
(Continued on page 23) 



WIDS0N' 9G, OMAHA; 
THILLY' FAIR $8,500 



Omaha, Feb. 4.. 
: . Grosses' held pretty well with re- 
turn of steadier weather. Brandeis 
will do a little better than $6,000 
with This Thing. Called .Love' plus 
'Escape to. Glory,' indicating a pos- 
sible second week. At the Orpheum, - 
'Hudsori's Bay' and .'A Night at Earl 
Carroll's' will .go Just" about $9,000, 
no stronger, The. Omaha with 'Phila- 
delphia Story' single-featured has. a . 
pretty good $8,500. ■ 
. Sonja Henie show which comes in 
for week next Friday (7 ) already 
shows signs of cutting into: bpxoffic* 
at theatres.. 
. Estimates for This Week' 

Brandeis (Mort Singer) (1,500; 10-. 
25-35-40 )-^'Thing Called Love' (Col ) 
and 'Escape Glory' (Col). Good 
$6,000. Last week. /Arizona* CCol). 
and 'Always Bride' (WB) (2d Wk), 
fair $3,000. 

Orpheum • (Trlstates) (3,000; 10-30- 
40)— 'Hudson's Bay' (20th) and 'Earl 
Carroll's* (Par). Fairly good. $9,000, 
considering. Last week, 'Maisie Lady' 
(M-G) (15-35-55) with stage shOw, 
Andrews Sisters, Joe Venutl band, 
and .Three Stooges, $13,000, good. . 

Omaha (Tristates) (2,000; 10.30-40) 
—'Philadelphia' (M-G). Good $8,500. 
Last week.. 'Comrade X' (M-G) arid. 
'Haunted Honeymobh* (M-G), strong 
$9,500. - - 

Town (Goldberg) (1,500; 10-20-25) 
—'Wyoming Wildcat' . (Rep), 'Hono- 
lulu* (M-G), 'Lone Wolf Date' (Col), 
triple, split with 'Law Rides' (Cap), 
'Earl-: .Chicago'. (U); and •Leonard 
Men'. (Select ), 'Fifth Ave.* (RKO ). 
Fair $800., Last week; 'Robin Hood 
Pecos* (Rep), 'Spitfire* (RKO), 'Aunt 
Maggie* (Rep), split three ways with 
'Gceed* . (Cap). 'Panama Lady' 
(RKO), and 'Correspondent' ' (UA), 
'Strange. Cargo' (M^G), close, to $800.. 

Avenue - Military - Dundee (Gold- 
berg) '(950; 300: ' 600; • 25)-^'North ? 
West Mounted' (Par ). split with 'Man 
Married' (20th). 'Blondie Cupid* 
(Col) 'Dulcy' (M-G). Fair $1,000. 
Last ..week. 'Correspondent'; (UA), 
'Zorro' . (20th), split with 'Melody 
Moonlight! (Rep). 'Give .Wings'" (U)- 
and 'Diamond Frontier' (U), good 

$1,100; : .:. : ■ ■ 

■ : State: (Goldberg) (900; 10-20-25)— 
'North West, Mounted* : (Par),: split 
with 'Blondie Cupid' (Col), 'Melody 
Ranch* (Rep) and 'Dulcy*. (M-G). 
Fair .$700. Last week, 'Melody 
Moonlight' (Rep). 'Zorro' (20th) 
split with -Diamond Frontier* (U), 
'Caballerb' .(20th) and 'Give, Wings' 
(U). pretty fibod $800. . 



12 FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



WESTERN UNION 

(TECHNICOLOR) 

Hollywood, Jan, 81. 

Wlh.. Century-Fox- release of Hnrry Joe 
Blown production. Features Robert Young, 
Randolph :Scott, Dean Jagger,-. Virginia Gil- ' 

Store, tflriected by Frlli Lang;.' glory' by 
ane Grey; screenplay by, Robert ' CHfs'ort; 
iimeia, Edward' .Cronjager; Techhlcolor as-' 
fncfate,. Allen vM. Davey; editor, Robert 
Blschoff. '■ Previewed In .studio' projection' 
t-oom Jan. 30, '41. Running time, Q3 M1NS, 



Richard Rlnke, . . . . ; i 

vat\ce- Stiuw..-, . -. . . ', 
8d<var.d Crctplttoh .-. . 
Sue t'rplRhton . .'.,', , '. , 
Due Murdoch,...'.... 

Jli-i m.-'.n. . 
UiimiM'. . . . . ;.. . 

Jjirk Sliiile. : i. '...- .< . . I 
Governor.'. ..... .';..., 

Charlie. , .. '..,.; .... . 

Fnt tiro'KHii.. '...,.• 

jwb. 

■ Chief Sput red Horse. 

Indian Leadpr;'. . . . . V 

IVrky. '.,/.'...'.., .,...'. 

Henoliman. ... . ... 

, pfngei-parl) - III ifpr .'■;'. . 
' Captain Harlow. . .', . 

Barber. . '.'. ;.. . . . ... ,v, 



. ... .'. Robert.. Young 

v. . Uan'.YoIph Scott 
I:. ,;/, .i.ioan Jagger 
,.% . Vl-itiiild Gllmorp 
; . . .;..lolui Oarrndlti.e 
. .I.Sllni Siimmervllle 
,...'...,:. :,.t'hll| Wills 
.". '; '. fM t urn .MacLnne 
.Russell' Hlrlta 
; . . . Vl.'t or Klllnn 
. . i ...Minor. Wnlsoin" 
;■• ■. iC^o'xe -Chandler 
..Chief :Blg Tree 
-.Orifof ■ TliuPilHrcIoinl 
....;:....vDlck Rich 

...... .Harry. Slvani; 

. v ( 'h a v I fa' M I ild let hri 
.. A«l dfron Rli'lta rds 
....... . Irving Baoon. 



'Western UhionV is . another epic of 
the early American frontier, "This, 
time the Stringing of telephone lines 
In the '60's, between Omaha and Salt 
Lake City, provides the background 
lor adventures/ arid excitement in' 
empire' building. Hewing to - ; a 
straight line in telling the story of 
pioneering the west, and without any 

Id-etenses otherwise; 'Western Union' 
s a lusty and actibnful offering that 
will play a merry tune at the.,boxr. 
office. For the , key spot's, It's strong 
enough ,tb catch a good share of 
holdovers. :..-.'■-.■ ■. • 

Mounted with, exbarisiveness as a 
iuperfwestern of "uoper-budget pro- 
portions,' picture displays some of 
the most : eyeful exterior panoramas 
iri Technicolor that have - ever been 
photographed,; The tinting; photog- 
raphy does much to hold and main' 
tain interest throughout, . and has 
aome of the finest . outdoor scenes 
which, were photographed . In the 
colorful Utah- park country; . .. 

Randolph Scott, ah ex-outlaw who 
Joins the expedition as a scout, takes 
advantage, of every opportunity pro 
vided, and. turns in a strongly per 
suasive characterization that will 
advance his b.o. ; rating.. Dean Jagger 
Is the company engineer in charge 
of construction; Robert Young . a 
dudish easterner, who toughens up 
under western ways; and. Barton 
MacLane is .the renegade outlaw 
whose band continually harasses the 
camp. Virginia Gilmore is minor 
as the. romantic interest for conflict 
between Scott and Young., in the 
early reels. Slim SUmmerville in 
termittently supplies, comedy relief 
as the camp cook. 

At the opening, outlaw Scott saves 
the life of Jagger, surveying the 
wilderness for the telegraph; line to 
•pan the country. . Later, Jagger 
hires Scott as company scout when 
the wagon train, 'men. and equipment 
■tart towards Salt Lake City. Trouble 
hits the expedition when the' live 
stock and then horses are rustled, 
supposedly by Indians. But the cul 
pr its are a band of renegades led 
by MacLane; who sells the ' stolen 
property back to Jagger. Scott's ap 
parent friendliness with the outlaws 
whets suspicions of both Young and 
Jagger, and after the renegades, stir 
tip Indian trouble and, finally set fire 
t i the camp, Scott is fired and rides 
to town to do battle with MacLane, 
disclosed as his brother. In the en- 
suing gunflght, Scott is killed, but 
tenderfoot Young arrives to. avenge 
his death. And there's a happy end' 
ing celebration' when , the wire is 
strung into Salt Lake, 

The burning of the company camp 
end resultant confusion, is spectacu 
la rly: staged -for tense dramatic effect, 
The Indians, real . ones from the res 
ervations, act normally at all times 
and although antagonistic at first to 
the stretching of wires across their 
reservation, are finally won over by 
Jagger without a battle. The .gun 
duel between Scott and MacLane" is. 
set' up - for • greatest suspense . and 
effect, and neatly handled, both in 
script ' and direction, to -achieve the 
Results intended.' ■ ■ Walt. 



the talents at hand. 'You're the One' 
tugs and strains in attempting to get 
over some comedy^never achieves 
that/result to. any extent and. winds 
up as an ineffectual offering. It's a 
tnipor dual supporter for the h|nterr 
lands, and. if attempted as billtopper 
on strength of the. Baker and Tucker 
marquee values, needs 'plenty of 
strong support to stand up at the b.b. 

Yam is .built around radio broad- 
casting; .and the attempts of jittery 
gent Edward Everett Horton to spot 
Miss-' Baker as singer, with' a : network 
band— specifically that -of Albert 
Dekker, Latter goes to Zeno 'Springs, 
operated by Jerry Colonna with 
screwball policies, and Horton packs 
the singer to the layout as a glamour 
gal. There's a lot of unfunny horse- 
play before Miss. BaWr is corraled. 
to sing with the. Tucker band. : 

Basic; fault of the- picture lies in 
the script, which is credited to pro- 
ducer Markey. It's a genera! hodge- 
podge of corny situations that hark- 
eh back to early vaude and burlesque 
days; and there seems.to be little that 
director Ralph Murphy can do under" 
the circumstances. 

The song numbers inserted are. far 
above the story; material. , ' Miss 
Baker delivers her 'Oh, Johnny;- Oh,' 
in .addition to several new. tunes by 
Jimmy McHiigh and Johnhy! Mercer. 
Best for pop rating include 'Straw- 
berry Lane, 'I Could Kiss You For 
That/ and Orrin Tucker's 'My Re- 
sistance Is Low.! ,.' 

Miss Baker is .better doing her sing- 
ing chores than in - an acting assign- 
ment.. Tucker surprises with his ease 
before the cameras for the first time, 
and has a good Screen personality 
that rates a chance • in : pictures if 
and "when he can be pried loose f rohi 
the band profession^ Supporting cast 
includes Albert Dekker, . Edward Ev- 
erett Horton, Teddy Hart and Renie 
Rianb. . Colonna -provides his usUal 
antics and eye exercises for -moder- 
ate attention, v ■■■':■ Wdlt. 



BUCK PRIVATES 

(WITH SONGS) 

/ Hollywood, Jan. 29. 

Universal release of Alex, Gottlieb produc- 
tion. '.Stars.' Abbott and Costello; features 
Andrews Slsters.'Vljfte . Bowman, ' Alan Cur- 
tis,'; Jane\ Fraiee, . Nat Pendleton. Directed 
by Arthur Iitibln. Original:- screenplay by. 
Arthur T. . Iforman; special material for 
Abbott and Co<itello by' John Grant. ' C&rri- 
ern, Milton Krnsner; film editor, PhlUp' 
Cnhn : dhnce director, - Nick Castle. Songs 
by Hiighle Prince atad Don Raye; Hughle 
Prince. Sonny' Burke and Don. Raye; Al- 
bert von Tllber.and Neville Fleeson; Hughle 
Prince. -Vic Schoen. and ..Don Raye. Pre- 
viewed, at Alexander. ' Glendale, Jan, 28, 
41. -Running time. 88 M1NS. 

Radolph Tarker, III, ........ .Lee Bowman 

Bob Mnrtln . . . . . . ; ; ; . .Alan Curtis 

Slicker smith. < .Bud Abbott 

Herblt Brown. . ........... .. . ,,Lou Costello 

Pntty 1 

Maxone l . ...... .......The Andrews Blstera 

T^averne J- ■ . 
Judy Gray.-. .;...'......, 

Sgt.-Mlcli.iPl Collins. .. . , 

Major OenM'nl Emerson, 
Sgt. Callahan. 



Miniature Reviews 



'Western Union' (20th). Lusty 
and a'ctioiiful westerrt epic with 
excellent Techriicoloi\ ilefty 'b.b. ■ 
for good share of holdovers/ . 

'You're the Oner (Par). Bonnie 
Baker. and Orrin Tucker in- light- 
weight fllmusical for dual filler 
purposes.. - \: 

'Buck Privates' (U).\ . Abbott 
and Costello provide, laugh hit 
for strong b b. 

•The Pinto Kid' (Col). . IVIedi-; 
ocre westerner starring Charles ; 
Starrett. ■ •-:■;'. 

. ^Freedom Radio' (Col) ; Sock 
anti-Nazi pic, starring. Give 
BrookrDiana ^VynyaTd; British* 
made. .. ■. , ' ■ 

'40,000 Horsemen' (Australian)., 
Excellently produced,:, good b.b. 
thriller^ about the AHs'tralian 
Light Horse brigade. 

. 'La Quinta Calonnia' (Argen- 
tine). . Floppo patriotic pic be- 
. cause of poor story , : 



ly romantic number by Jane Frazee 
(member of the Frazee Sisters duo), 
the musical end. is capably carried 
by the Andrews Sisters. Trio sings 
■Boogie yiroDgie: Bugle Boy,' 'Bounce 
Me . Brother with ; a Solid Four,' 
•You're a Lucky Fellow,,- Mr. Smith,' 
and the old pop tune by Albert vofi 
Tilzer and' Neville Fleeson,,-'I ! il: Be 
with' You in Apple Blossom Time.' 

Supporting past is ideally set up 
to provide proper background for 
the spotlighting- of the Abbott, and 
Costello comedy. Nat Pendleton, as 
the tough top sergeant continually 
tangling with the recalcitrant Cos- 
tello, makes most of- the material 
assigned him. ; > . ; - : . 

'Buck Privates' heeds special ex- 
ploitation -to get started in .the key 
spots, but .will get immediate word- 
bfrmouth to zoom it to profitable b.b. 

■-' ' Walt. 



. ...Jane Frazee 
, , .Nat Pendleton 
Samuel S. .Hinds 
... .> . . . .Harry Strang 
Nella. "Walker 

. ; .Leonard Elliott 

., ... . .. .Shemp Howard 

. ... . . .Mike PrankoVltch 

• • ...Dora Clemont 

Jeanne Kelly, Blaine 
Moreyi - Kay Leslie; Nina Orla; Dorothy 
Darrell. 



Mrs. Parker, II ; 
Henry . . . 
Chef;-, ...... .. 

Annbttncei:..' . 
Miss Durllng 
Camp hostesses 



THE PINTO KID 

. ;' (WITH SONGS) . 

Columbia production arid release. Stars 
Charles starrett: features Louise Currle and 
Son's of the Floneers. 'Directed by I^am- 
bert Hllly.er. Screenplay. Fred My ton;' cam- 
era, George ' Meehan ; editor; Mel Thorsen: 
music .and lyrics, Bob Nolan and Tim 
Spencer. . Al .New Tork, N. 'T., dual, Jan. 
30 r '41.-. Running. Ume, .66 U1N8. 
Jud Crtlvhrt. Charles Starrett 
Betty Alnsle. ..':.....',.'.;... .. .Txiiilse Currle' 

Bob ..,;• ..................... .Bob : Nolan 

Vic Lutidi:o:i ' ,1'aul Sutton 

Hank. . . . . . . . Hank.Bell 

Curt llarvi-j . ..... :-. ..... .-.Francis Walker 

Ed -Slnrtp; ...'-. . . . .Ernie Adams 

Marshal. . . . ... . . , ... .'. .- . , ', . -. . ; Jack'. Rockwell 

Dairi foster. . ..... ; . ...'...•.., . , . .Roger' Grey 

Cheyenne. ....... . -. . . . . Rkhard Botlller 

and Sons of the' Pioneers: . 



YOU'RE THE ONE 

; (MUSICAL) - 

Hollywood, Jan. 30., 
" Parambuht release of Gene Markey pro- 

iuotlon. Features Orrin Tucker's .. band,, 
onnle Baker, Jerry Colbnna, Directed by 

&alph Murphy; original screenplay by Gene 
arkeyi camera, Ted Tetzlaff; film editor; 
Archie Sfarshek; songs' by Jlmmle Mc- 
Hugh and Johnny Mercer, Orrin Tucker, 
Olm an and Rose; musical numbers staged, 
by LeRoy Prlnz. ' Trevlewed at Paramount, 
V; A., Jan. ae, ; '4U Running time, 19. 



A., - Jan.. 
MINS. 



Orrin Tucker^..;. 
Bonnie Baker. . . . . 
-Luke Lurnmle. : . 
Dr. iCoIoiinu. . . . 

£oe Frlnk. ........ 
llss Jones'. . . . . . . 

Program 'Director. 
Tony Delmaj. . . . . 

j.iiiitiB;...; 

Aunt Kinnla. . . , .-, 
Mr. ZlffnldyWf'..... 

Edgar Crump...... 

Kri/.-MlKWes. 
Sme,: /.lltnldylff.i 
Announcer.. 



. ; '. .Orrin Tucker 

1 1 . . . . . . . . Bonnie Baker. 

. .,..; ; .'.;. Albert ' Dekker 
..v^.'. Jerry:, Colonna 
. Kil <:■>•. rtl lOverett Horton 
.Lillian Cornell 
, ... . . , ... .' Walter Cotlett 

. ; , .-. . . , . I'jon Castle 
,....'.-..,;.. /Teddy Hart 

... .Kenle Rlaho 

. . ...... . . .Ittldle Conrad 

'. . . . ; , Tom Dugan 

.Clarence Wilson 
, . ... . . i ifarNka . Aldrich 

.Charles Lane 



Orrin Tucker's Orchestra. 



':' Th\u ont olTeri the . flint debuts of 
Bonnie Baker and. Orrin Tucker 
(With hit prch). Both Will have to 
back up for more tusplciotu cine- 
matic starts— -as the story and ma- 
terial provided by producer-scripter 
Gen* Markey fail ta measure vp tp 



'Buck Privates' Is the first of an 
anticipated .cycle of picture? predi- 
cated on adventures of rookies . in 
the selective service camps. Geared 
at a zippy pace, and providing lusty 
and enthusiastic comedy , of the 
broadest slapstick,:, it's hilarious 
laugh concoction that will; . click 
solidly in the general runs for profit- 
able biz. A natural for the family- 
and hinterland trade, 'Buck Privates' 
might easily surprise in the key 
houses. •. 

Picture has. a good chance .to. sky- 
rocket the former burlesk and radio 
team of Bud Abbott and Lou Cos- 
tello into topflight- starring ranks as 
a tomedy ducn-just as 'Behind the 
Front' served to launch the Wallace 
Beery-Raymond Hatton team 15 
years ago into popular rating. Sup- 
plied with a compact script and 
spontaneous, direction by Arthur 
Lubin, Abbott and Costello . have a 
field day in romping through a light 
ly 'frameworked yarn that makes 
little attempt to.be serious or cred- 
ible. Aiding considerably is the ap- 
pearance of., the: Andrews Sisters, 
who do their, regularly competent 
harmonizing of several.tuneful melb 
dies.- :'.;.■ ' ■■ •-; ■; 

.Abbott and Costello; pitchman and 
shill, are inducted into the army and 
assigned to camp. The madcap and 
zany antics of Costello are displayed 
in numerous comedy and knock- 
about sequences thatr-although the 
material is familiar— click for solid 
laughs through , the. timing of the 
gags and situations. There Y s a light 
thread of romantic triangle between 
rich boy, Lee Bowman; comely camp 
hostess, Jane Frazee, arid former 
chauffeur Alan Curtis. 
' . Plctuirie is studded with several 
Abbott and .Costello ' routines that 
are particularly effective, for sus- 
tained laughs. Tops is a - sequence 
pr : which Costello is a member of 
the awkward squad:, for special rifle 
drill. Running about Ave minutes, 
episode builds quickly for continue 
pus . hilarity-T-wfth dialog drbwried 
iii the audience uproar. A new 
angle on the oldie money changing 
routine and a particularly funny dice 
game also hit high marks for comedy 
reaction. ' 

Aside from one mittp^ sentimental- 



its head Is left to the audience. In 
presenting that sentiment picture 
comes at a highly advantageous time. 

.Screenplay of A; de Grunwald and 
Jeffrey .Dell continually, expounds 
this theme, arid when an element that 
might : pass for propaganda begins to 
pall, scripters p^ull a surprise twist 
out bf the bag to send picture rolling 
on in gripping Suspense. To the. 
scribblers must go ■ major credit .for 
.the excellent vehicle. Long and per- 
sonal snips of Hitler are alone the: 
questionable element. They . are un- 
necessary, and tend to spoil an il- 
lusion. . '.,,..".'■'- 
. Direction . of .' Anthony Asquith 
rarely misses the spirit Of its charge, 
keeping, players moving in steady' 
momentum. Yarn/ tells bf the Vien- 
nese doctor, Karl Roder, who though 
high in Nazi, esteem, finds first his 
friends pillaged by the regime, then 
his wife sopbrifically. erimeshed into 
a selfrsatisffed acceptance Of its 
credo./. , '■; 
. Cliye Brook: is .completely satls^ 
factory as the organizer,, who, 
through the voice of a secret radio' 
station, maintains to his. end there is 
a 'better' Germany. Diana Wynyiard, 
as the wife,. Irena, is deeply appeal- 
ing and reaches sock dramatics in. 
the sacrificial ending. 
■ Certain scenes are standout In sup- 
port portrayals, n o t a,b 1 y. Joyce I 
Howard: as ; the sweetheart of Derek ' 
Farr, young radio mechanic whose 
artistry fashions freedom's trans- 
mitter, out of stolen bits and pieces^ 
She is a sympathetic "type arid worth 
noticing. Derek Farr . supports the 
respect hie gained in recent filrn 
work. • ■:. , '...'■'/'•: 
".- Remainder Of the' cast splendidly 
assist. Hay - , Petr ie; ;: Ronald Squire, 
Martita -Hunt, John Penrose, Abra- 
ham Sofaer . and Evelyn ; Gregg 
making much of their roles. . V 

Production Is in keeping with 
expanse of picture itself. Bernard 
Knowles' camera skilfully depicts the 
repre'sentatiori. \,. . . : j- ... ... . 

40,000 HORSEMEN 

; (AUSTRALIAN-MADE) 

Sydney, Jan. 16. 
V Universal release of Charles Chauvel 
production, . Stars Grant Taylor, Betty 
Bryant; features Chips. Rarlorty,' Pat Twb- 
hlll,' Harvey Adams.. Directed by:. CVinrles. 
Otiauvel.' ' Original, screenplay, Mrs.' Chnu- 
vel; camera, George Henth; . editor, BUI 
Shepherd. At Mayfalr, Sydney.' Running 
time, 100 M1NB. 
Red . Gallagher. ........ 

Juliet Rouse t . . . . . . 

Jim.,... ...... 

Larry; . ; .. . . . . ; 

Von • Hri urr-n .......... 

Von Schiller... ....... 

Scotty..... 

Sheik Abu 



by. two French sub-managers which 
almost succeeds, but the store i« 
saved wheri it cops a prize given Jw 
a local society for the stimulation 
of home industry,, carrying, with it 
an order for 2,000,000 pesos worth oi 
merchandise. 

Ali Salem de Baraja. (Argentine, 
born of Turkish parentage, he start, 
ed his career as a comic by imitate 
;ing the Turkish rug-sellers who used- 
to frequent. these parts) is the noble- 
man who fall? for the daughter, but 
as usual, loses. Humor, which is' 
local, Is dragged out and: stale, with 
situations often forced. . 

Several radio scenes take . advan- 
tage of de Baraja's strong ether 
popularity and much emphasis is on ■ 
idea that those, who: irisist ori buying 
foreign labels are snobs. De Baraja 
does as well as possible, but no one 
gets, a chance to show miich. Pic 
represents an. extremely high budget 
is well set and uses more extras than 
any Argentine film iri some time. Big 
dance, night club and department 
store . scenes are the best. Photog- 
raphy, and sound good. But it's 
hardly, likely to -be : shbwri outside 
Argentina, v . Ray. . 



.'. iflrnnt Taylor 
..-.Hetty Brynht 
.Chilis Ratrerty 

.--.'..rat Twohlll 
• lTufvey Adarhs 
. , .ICrlc . Relriinn 

.......Joe Vnlll 

.Albert C. Winn 



The Pinto Kid' is another In the 
series; of Westerns in which Charles 
Starrett has been featured by Colum- 
bia, and the result, is. an average 
dualer. 

Story relegates the film to a statufe 
the . passable direction and acting 
cannot lift under any circumstances, 
With Starrett. Louise Currie, a neat 
looker, and the Sons of the Pioneers, 
headed by Bob Nolan, carrying the 
major load. . As the menace, - Paul 
Sutton is one of the more^ convincing 
types; '. 

Yarn concerns: the period Immedi- 
ately following . the American Civil 
War, with some Kansans and Tex- 
ahs seemingly having dismissed the 
thought of the Appomatox truce. 
There's the usual dirty work en- 
gineered by Sutton as a cattle rus- 
tler and bank robber trying to shift 
the blame onto a group of Texaris 
led by Starretf but it's no dice-^of 
course. 

., The Pioneers are a harmony group 
tossing off compositions by their 
Reader, Bob Nolan, and Tim Spencer. 
■ - • . • . Naka. 



FREEDOM RADIO 

- (BRITISH-MADE) 

■ : London, Jari. 10. - 

Columbia release, of Two- Cities produc- 
tion. . Stlir.s Diana Wypyard, Clive Brook. 
Directed by Aftthony Asquith.- Screenplay, 
A; "de Grumviild. .Jeftery Dell from -original 
story by -Wllhelm . Wolfgang; mustlc, Nlcho- 
las Brodszky: cumern, Bernard knowles. At 
Columbia private theatre, .'London; Jan 1 . 10.' 
•41.. Running time, 95 MINS. 

Karl.'....;.....;.:..,. 

Irena; . . i ..... . , . , 

Riti'icnuu . . . .'. . . . . , .., 

Hans. . 

.KHy ...';.. ..'.''..,-:.'.■. . 
Kummer. -.'. ,.. ,.;•. . , >.•!»,«• 
Otto 



Father l.aliilbiii h; 

Spledler 

Fe'nnor. , ;..-. . . 
Dressier, ; ..•...' . . . 
/Mullew. . . . 

Dr. AVclner. . . ; . . , 
Hftnnn . .... . . . , . . . . 

Oonolerjre 1 ... . ';.', 

SohiiHtlan. . .. . 

Gi'iinnlo'.J<chiiiMi> 
Policeman. ...'.-. .v. 

Si S. -Trooper . . :' . . 
Helnl... 



Cllve Brook 
/. . . .Dlnna Wyiiyard 

. .T.aymond Huntley 
.-...Perek Farr: 
Joy.cp Howard 
I'd Mni-liih Crawford 
. . . .: ,,luhn . Penrose 

. '. .Morland: Grahum 
.'.....Jtonald Squire 

.Reglnnld Beckwlth 
.. ... , .Clifford' Evans 

..-...'. Hemnrd Miles 
. .-. Il») McLaughlin 
......Muriel George 

......Martita Hunt 

...'. ..'..flay. Petrle 
...y. . . Katie Jolinson ' 
. ......George Hayes- 

:... , Manning . Whlley 
. .Abraham Sofaer 



. 'Freedofn' Radio' is suspensef ul 
melodrama, gripping entertainment 
and a class offering. It's a good bet 
for the Ur S. since the propaganda 
elemerit is submersive to film's 
thrills and romantic conflict 

The Wilhelm Wolfgang original is 
an Intelligent Indictment, not of the 
existing force of Nazism, but the 
slumbering power of the 'prbper' 
Germany. When that power will lift 



• With 'Horsemen,' Aussie produc- 
tion drops its diapers and stands 
quite ready to enter what is left of 
the overseas' market. The pic, made . 
In cooperation with the Department 
of Defense, is a three years' dream 
of Charles Chauvel come true. 

'Horesman* Is not a propaganda 
plc, portraying , as it does - lri sheer 
entertaining fashion the story of the 

Australian Light Horse, the. famous 
regiment in Palestine during World 
War I. Chauvel has with easy grace 
produced a telling action pic, yet 
carrying sufficient romance to fully 
satisfy the feinme stubholders; .-' Its 
success, locally is beyond . question. 
For the U. S., some, snipping Will 
be needed to cut down the running 
time and speed up the opening reels. 
Its ; lack of marquee names is an- 
other U. S. drawback, but, with 
added; polishing and editing by Uni- 
versal, and, as a dualer, the U. S. 
release road should hot be very 
tough.- 

■ The acting is ^opriotch. with the 
honors going to -Betty Bryant arid 
••Chips Rafferty. The story is slight, 
telling as it does, apart froiri the 
Light Horse angle, the ■ love of a 
French girl for an Aussie- soldier. 
The action, however, is the highlight' 
of the pic, with a corking charge 
sequence tempoing to. a swift close. 
The camera work is high-class, edit- 
ing by Bill Shephard is deft, and 
the sets by Eric Thompson are tops. 
/ Since the preem trade, has been 
at high pressure, and, on general 
release, the pic, locally, should "<*oss 
zniftily;::" • • _ . '^ \ * : '; ,'Rick., 

La Quinta Calumnia 

. ■ ; . '. (ARGENTINE-MADE) • '.' - 

: BueAos Aires, Jan. 29. 
Pampa Film production arid release; Stars 
All Salem de Baraja. and Mario Roman de 
.Flores; features Alberto: Ancholrl,' Vlricente 
Cllment. Hector IColre. Rafael Ffrinlaura. 
. Chela Cordero and "Esther Van I; . -Directed 
by, Adelqul .Millar. Reviewed at the Manu- 
•mental, theatre, Buenos Aires. 

Despite top rank stsr. iand expen- 
sive production, .'La Quinta Calum- 
nia* (The Fifth' Caluihriy') : flops 
pretty badly ' because of a weak 
story.' ; ■. ' '. ■• ', 

Film has a patriotic theme, stress-* 
ing idea that Argentines, should buy 
locally-made goods. Story, tells of a 
local department store (most of the 
big Ones here aire.. British-owned) 
about to Close due to lack of foreign 
imports. At crucial moment family 
—wife,' daughter 1 : ard son-r-of pro- 
prietor returns from Europe and 
tosses a big party to put on a little 
swank and show off its 'French.' 
Finally the family has the idea of 
saving the store by getting a phoney 
nobleman to plug nationally-made 
goods. There is a plot against him 



's Niteries 



;C'ontlnaed from page 1; 



easier. This is borne out, he say's, 
by the previous Saturday's (25) 
business, when there were 4,547 ad- 
missions anoT only $7,781 spent '' 
side.. . ;: ' 

That' TOdd's, Qhicago joint is . a 
bonanza can be' glearied from his 
low ' talent . and operating nut 'of 
$6,000 Weekly; which includes a ren- 
tal tab of only $125. He gets back 
$100 bf the latter weekly,, though; 
by renting out part of .the huge 
building' space , tor - wrestling shows. 
; Todd Is presently contemplating 
similar operations In Boston ■ Los 
Angeles ahd ; Detroit; with. : deals al-' 
ready in . the talking stage with 
owners: of likely property in all . 
three Cities. There are several part- 
ners iii his Chicago" venture .and 
Whether these will be included in 
his subsequent, spots;: Is i" 'still uncer-.. 
tairi. ... 

What he does know, is that the. 
Chicago cabaret is grossing as much; 
or more, thah any four New York 
niteries combined, which he says is 
clear enough indication that, more 
profits can be made by . playing to 
the masses : than for the classes. 

In Chi, he's -giving the ' shirt-, 
sleeved gents . arid their ladies a' 
complete variety show, plus pro-:, 
duction accoutrements from his New 
Orleans village at the N. Y. World's 
Fair, including Gypsy Rose Lee, 
Wjllie West and McGinty, A. Robins, 
Rola Rola, Ruby Mercer, Joe Fred- 
ericks, a line, of 26 girls and two 
bands, ... Jack Denny's and Johnny, 
Gilbert's. The show alone, hie, says, 
makes It a buy at 50c, with the 
dancing arid cabaret atmosphere 
throwri In for added measure. His 
full-course . dinner prices range from 
75c Upwards, with champagne cock- 
tails at 25c and cigarets at their 15c 
cigar store scale. 



Mrs. Jessel 

^Continued from page 3; 



agent, Saul Pepper of New York 
City... 

... George Jessel continued to. play 
out his week at the Club Mayf air, 
close by, happy oyer breaking rec- 
ords, but slightly nettled at the out- 
come, of his wife's difficulties. 

Behind the scenes of the fiasco is a 
bit of feuding between the Mayfair 
and the Versailles^ Former , 'club 
booked in jessel and began to 
publicize his coming appearance two 
•weeks iri advance of his. opening. 
(29). About a week before he .ca.riie. 
in, the Versailles broke out with the 
news that Mrs. Jessel: would be 
starred the same week in their show. 
This did not set well with - Michael 
Redstone; operator of the Mayfair* 
but when . Jessel opened he opened 
big and there was no evidence that 
his wife's opposition V nearby : was 
denting the Mayfair biz. However, 
he signed an agreement with the. 
Mayfair management riot to: visit any 
other Hub clubs while he was play- 
ing the date. . 

Al Taxler, operator of : the Ver- 
sailles, thioughV enougli of Miss An- 
drews'; talents to book her .for at 
least two .weeks,- and he was plenty 
burned . when the . squawk about her 
age snowballed into a ban on her 
continued appearance.' In comirient- 
ing on the; situation, Taxier blamed 
his- troubles; ori the Mayfair. set and 
alluded to them in unflattering terms. 



TITLE CHANGES 

1 .. Hollywood, Feb, 4. 

'Shining Victory' is new tag on 
'Winged victbry^ at Warners. w 

Columbia switched from 'We, w«, 
Fill' to 'French Fried Patootie.'; . 

20th-Fox shifted from 'Road t* 
Rib' to that Night iri Rio.' , 



TAWETY'S' tONDOM OFFICB 
8 St. Martln'i Place, Trafalgar Sqnw, 



INTERNATIONAL 13 







50% in '40; Shorts on the 




London, Jan. 10. . 
■ Quota figures for 1940 tell dismally : 
of the slump in British, film iprpducr 
' tlohi A solo triple-credit feature was 
registered 1 during . the- year; against 
nine so tabulated for J 939, 14. double* 
credits compared to 21 for the pre- 
ceding: year. - . . ; -\" ••'':; ^ !/ 
Homeland productions were. cut by 
nearly. 50% from the 108 features 
turned out here during '39, against 
425 foreign - registrations, with latter 
' down only 26 in the same period. , : 
. Whether it was bolstered, by Min- 
istry ; of Information; taiefles is; not in- 
dicated, but in . the shorts category 
v alone do. British films mark ah up- 

■ : .-a'wihg in the past, year's production 
. »tpry. Shorts reached .273,. gaining 

■ 46 on '39. Foreign br.lefles tumbled 
"from 584 to 38i'fpr '40. 

-.'"' industry's, attitude is to forego 
comment on actual production fig- 
ures while turning its chagrin oh 
the drop in triple and double- 
raters. 

Haying terminated their agreement 
. . with production . ; chief. Walter My- 
croft, after- 10 years, means that As- 
sociated British' Picture . Corp.- Is no" 
: longer ,100% Interested in film pro- ■ 
•-• duction. Instead, It intends . dealing 
with indie producers, and will be- 
. prepared to. advance 50% of cost of 
production; use of its film, studios, 
plus guarantee of release^ 

John Argyle Pictures is one Indie 
company that's .doing business- with 
A.B.P.C. under those conditions, 
while Walter My croft is understood, 
to. be forming his own film-producing 
company under same conditions.. 

LIGHTING ECONOMY HITS 
HUNGARIAN SHOW BIZ 



Budapest; Jan. 21. 

In order to economize on fuel, gov- 
ernment has ordered certain restric- 
tions on lighting arid early curfew, 
at varying hours, according to char- 
acter of shows, etc., concerned. Legit 
theatres have to end their perform- 
ances by 10:30. Restaurants, cafes, 
cinemas, bars, all places open during 
afternoon or -early evening hours, 
must close by midnight. 1 For. night 
clubs, cafes with floor shows, etc., 
which don't open until 9 p. m.; cur- 
few has been set at 2 • a. m. 

Street lighting has been reduced 
by 25%i .neon lights and all forms of 
electric-light advertising prohibited,, 
■hop windows may'not be lit except 
when shops are open;. Several, cafes 
and bars have shifted to the post- 
nine-o'clock category, reckoning that 
business between midnighi and 2 
a.m. is worth more than, the pre- 
nine-o'clock customers. •, 



Ingvald Oes, Ex-Par, 

Plans Distrib, Outfit 

Ingvald Oes, formerly - Paramount 
manager for Scandinavia, has- arrived 
in the U. S. 

■ He plans to establish his own dis- 
tributing company with, his brother. 

Ease British Curfews 

, ; London, Jan. 10. 

LooseningAtip of drastic curfew 
regulations in key spots is being 
gradually brpught about by Cine- 
matograph Exhibitors •• Assn. drive, 
undertaken on urgent plea from 
provincial exhibs suffering b.o. blues 
•• result pf the enforced shuttering. 

Curfew impositions originally put 
intp effect by towns* police depart- 
ments.. But CEA bore down on the 
. Parliamentary end. ', 



It's Now 124 

: _ --^...'London. 'Jari;'.l6.. . 

Sunday openings for cinemas were 
boosted .by 124 houses during 1940.' 
...Home Office release of figures in- 
««de: a further 20 awaiting official 
9pd , under ; the Special Procedure' 
okayed, by Government in De- 
cember. '•. 



NAZI PIX IN MEXICO 

.:. _ Mexico City, Feb. 4. 

German pix are , being exhibited 
nere after long absence. 'But these 
screenings are. not public, thanks to 
S"v a ' rt '8ht ban of the Confedera- 
tion of Mexican Workers. 
'\ta^F A ' s newsreels of the Nazist 
v«t i * he w ". are being shown prir 
«fl .r a , nd to selected audiences at 
local German Club. There have 
wen op protest* ©^disturbances, ■■'/ . 



VAF Becomes Union As ••' 
Collective Bargaining Aid 

London, Jan. 10l 
Following,, on .footsteps of British' 
Equity arid Its recent affllia lion With 
labor, Variety Artlsti. Federation An- 
nounces it . is now ; registered as a 
union. Step' Is indicated is being 
taken for tactful and -legal rea>6hs f 
based on - power of collective bar- 
gaining. Group la also addressing a 
plea . to vaude' and circus performers 
to line up with VAF and alienate, any 
personal prejudices. . 

initial rhove of the group :is to get 
an individual appeal under way from 
members to Parliament to obtain 
suspension, <6r .duration; of war, at 
^least, ' of ' act .closing theatres for 
straight performances on Sunday. 








. Tokyo, Jan. 4. 

The authorities ..have decided .75 
American and European films may 
be imported during 1941. The. Indi- 
vidual quotas for the .eight Ameri- 
can film companies In the American 
Motion Picture. Association, and the 
Towa Shojl and Nippon Trade Film 
Companies, will be communicated, to 
them shortly. 

Only 51 hew foreign pictures were 
actually released in Japan during 
1940. 

RKO, which was given import per- 
mits for 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois,' has 
cancelled the Importation of the pic 
owing to home office action,, 

American- films 'unfit' for showing 
to, children, as locally banned, are 
'Union Pacific' and 'I Met Him - in 
Paris'- (Par) arid The Good Earth'- 
(M-G). 

Iri 1941 the production of Jap films 
will be restricted to 450, Including 
150 shorts. . 



PUSH JOBS FOR COMICS 

-Mexican CHy Fllmery Would Con- 
vert tb Theatre for Bib-Ticklers 



Mexico City, Feb. 4. 

Arguing that there are already too 
many, cinemas here; 60 of them, for 
the. : good of . showfolk,. theatrical 
workers organizations haye asked 
the .federal government to turn over 
to them the Cine Diaz .de . Leon,; an 
important pic. place in the • silent 
days. • • . : ['.:■■. 

The thespians want to convert this: 
cinerria into a comedy;theatre so that 
mpre comics, can Have, steady jobs. 
The government is. reported to be 
favorably disposed.- 








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Sydney, Jan. 15. 

Move Is afoot to probe the entire 
censorship , setup , as presently.- oper- 
ating In :this zorie... . Appears that 
rnany prominent "politicos, as well as 
members of the pic industry, favor 
the easing of red tape on pic snip- 
ping .and a . complete ■ overhaul of 
censorship as. operated by the Com- 
monwealth, government. 

Blowoff came with the edict by 
Creswell O'Reilly, Commonwealth 
Film Censor, that charge scenes in 
*40,000 Horsemen', must be deleted 
before, the pic could he exported. 
O'Reilly said that in his opinion the 
scenes were, 'brutal.' . . 

G. Leslie, Appeal Censor, upheld 
QIReilly's decision, but -when pres- 
sure was applied decided to ease the 
cuts. ' However, Charles Munro, 
Hoyts Theatres,, together with 
Charles Chauvel, . the pic's producer, 
and Here Mclntyre, Universal, ail 
holding a major financial share in 
the pic, contacted Minister for, Cus- 
toms Harrison, who, oh privately 
viewing the pic, immediately or- 
dered all. cuts restored. Pressure 
came, too, from the government- 6f 
New. South. Wales, .which advanced 
i i ne $36,000 to aid the production. 

Munro stated that 'it was time, cen- 
sorship was subjected to a searching 
investigation in. this zone. The 
treatment handed to 'Horsemen' is 
the . worst example .of censorship 
bungling that. I. have seen in 20 
years in the pic biz.' 



. Boxing Ban In Japan . . .. 

Osaka, Jan. 4. 
Professional boxing is considered 
unhealthy and has been prohibited 
here, according to the new regula- 
tions of 122 articles controlling en- 
tertainments in Japan. 



London in Wartime 



London, Jan. 10. 
Paddy Carstalrs doing propaganda 
film for the Ministry Of Information 
before joining the Air, Force. - : - 

Sebastian Shaw joined Royal Air 
Force as aircraftsman mechanic. 



Gaumoni-Brltlsh reopening; the 
Doriiiniori theatre,: which sustained 
•blasting through adjacent bombs.- 

' Robert Motley medically examined 
for/army, and given. Grade ?, which: 
means unfit for, active; service. 



Abandon B.0. for Culture 
Consideration, Jap Gov't 
Decrees on Troupe Tour 



Tokyo, Jan. 4. 
• Entertainment for the working and : 
farming population is being provided 
by a new movement which has taken 
concrete shape with the organization 
of several traveling theatre troupes 
in Tokyo. These troupes are -visit- 
I irig 'factories irt Tokyo and. its out- 
( skirts, undertaking tours to the farm- 
;,ing and fishing districts, and appear- 
; ing in popular entertainments spon- 
sored by the prefeotural, municipal 
and ward authorities, and by pa? 
triotic associations. 

Best known among these new or- 
ganizations are- the Toho Traveling 
Culture Squad, ■': the Shochiku Na- 
tional Traveling . Dramatic company, 
and Masao Inoue's Traveling Dra- 
matic Group.. They have been asked 
to show m°re cultural responsibility, 
arid, sacrifice for the public welfare 
in their enterprise and to abandon 
their former attitude, .which is 
claimed to 'have been directed ex- 
clusively by ; oner-sided business ^ con- 
siderations; . -. .<•■ ' .';'.. 




Streamlined Revue 

Clicks in Mex City 

Mexico City, Feb. 4; 
Streamlined revue and vaude are 
specialties : pf the. . new ; company, 
headed by. Mapy Cortes, pop come- 
dienne, and ;her. husband, Fernando, 
'a .singer, ' that has started, up; at the 
historic Teatro Lirico. here, where 
Lupe Velez as a chorine first cam e 
to attention in 1923. ' ■;; 
/ Company Is featuring a revue au- 
thored ■"■by-; Auguitin Lara, Mexico's 
No. . i romantic sphgwritef,. and Is 
doing far. better biz than Was en- 
joyed by the two previous coriipanles 
that played this house. : .. . • ■;' 



SOUS-PRODUCER 






■ Mexico City, Feb. 4. 
. Pic labor; with the offstage support 
of the Confederation of Mexican 
Workers arid Vicente Lombardb 
Tbledano, Mexico's labor, czar, is em- 
phasizing Its aid. to Enrique Solis,. 
boss of section .2. (producers) of its 
union, in his '.quarrel with the pro- 
ducers. Solis has clamped down on 
Jesus Grovas, ex-Par exec here, now 
a local producer; by calling a strike 
against him. . ; Solis 1 demanded that,. 
Grovas ;hjre. foiur more workers' and 
pay them each $25 (Mex) (about $5 
U. S.) a day. Grovas says he has no 
need for this extra help and - that 
the demanded pay for them is ex- 
orbitant... When Grovas nixed the 
propositiori, Solis ordered the strike.: 

Solis has for some time been at 
odds with the Producers Association, 
of which Grovas is a prominent 
member, for its open-letters, attacks 
on his- alleged obstruction Of the 
local industry. . - 

The producers have appealed to 
the labor authorities in the Grovas 
case, but ■' thus far the authorities 
have done nothing. 

Poor pic pickings because of the 
"strike" producers are exercising as 
a protest against Solis has hustled; 
film players to stage or radio. 

Among these are Emma Telmo, 
with XEW, and Miguel Arenas and 
Adriana .Lamar,, heading a dramatic 
company started ait the Teatrp 
Arbeu. 



A; S; Raphael, son of Percy 
Raphael, in iRoyal. Air Force,,, arrived 
in Canada: for speciai course of train'; 
ing in' night flying, ; ; 



Two Cities Films' 'Freedom. Radio,' 
made for Columbia,' was budgeted 
to cost $216,000, but interruptions 
from blitz and other. 1 war hindrances 
upped cost to $248,000. ■•''.■':.: 

• Anthony/ Downing, formerly- with 
John B.: Myers,, and prior to that with 
Alexander Korda as publicity 4 hound 
arid . .pilot; of London. Films' pwn 
plane, debuting as. actor in a Min- 
istry of Information propaganda pic. 

A. . M; Smith, who succeeded. 
Charles ; Raymond as manager of the 
Empire,' has Joined t.he...Royal. Arjny 
Service Corps. His post at the Em- 
pire has now been filled by R, G. 
Fisher* , . . ■. r , .' •■ < 



LAWRENCE, 
BACK IN U.S. SHORTLY 



In London Studios 



London. Jan. 10. . 
Understood R. LeslIeTMurray, pro- 
ducer of much-discussed 'Spell- 
bound,' will follow with 'Marriage 
Bureau.' ' 



- Gainsborough's :next for Will Hay 
is '.Blick Sheep at Whithall.' 



Ealing Studios have tentatively. set 
title of 'Ships with Wings' for their, 
navy, fliers' vehicle. 



Warners' releases .'Empire Was 
Built' under ' new tag 61 'Mr. Dis^ 
raeii.* .,; . -. ;■■. .;■;:: ■-; 



Hartley Power and Edmund Wil- 
lard-added.to cast of 'Atlantic Ferry,' 
.. now .underway at Warners Tcdding- 
' ton . studios. .; . -. 



.'Ludwig .'Laudy' Lawrence and: 
Fred Lange, European riianaglng di- 
rectors for' Metro and. Paramount're- 
spectively, are ^preparing , to '. return 
:io. the U. : S. from Eufope in' the 
next week or 10 days. : .tiange.last was 
reported in. Barcelona, where he ex- 
pects to wind up business deals this 
week, while Lawrence, last, was re- 
ported ; in Marseilles getting ready 
to leave for Lisbon. . '/ 

. Both major cpmpariy European 
chiefs went to Europe : late 'lait year 
to handle the liquidation of dis- 
tribution . setups and readjust Euro- 
pean and Balkari operations- ih line, 
with revised, limited distributing 
abroad. •■ 



Gainsborough Rutting; ^Cottage to 
Let' into work at; Shepherd's Bush. 
Anthony. Asquith directs- this adap- 
tatiori from : recent. West End play: 
.Principals Aiastait'. Sim arid. Leslie 
Banks repeat their legit roles. 



Rlalto' feature around , the . David 
j. Hume thriller, 'This Man Is Danger- 
ous,' . underway at Welwyn. Johri 
Argyle produces for- Pathe. Starred 
is James Mason, supported by Mary 
. Clare, Margaret yyne,r; Gordon Mc- 
1 Leon, Eric Clayering, Frederick Valk. 



•■ ' Mexico City, Feb; 4. . 
',. Nlght;club operators here are. irt ;a 
huddle over, the -speclal . IQ'% tax pn 
•their . gross, which . the civic, goverri- 
merit. announces, for cariy. ehactrperit. . 
The clubmen: hired- ifive of the best 
lawyers iri town- and sent them to : 
petition the government to recon- 
sider putting, this impost into effect, 
at ■ least for the present, when busi- 
ness is only so-so. ., ; : 
:■■ If these taxes go into effect, the 
clubmen asserted, . it will mean that 
the. .levy must be' added to the cus- 
tomers' checks. The niterymeri are 
ioath to. do that, feeling : that such 
pricelif ting . would ■' deprive' t.herri of 
much patronage in these ti rries when 
everybody is on a thrift plan, wait- 
ing for the national economic arid 
industrial reconstruction program to 
riianifest itself a" little mOr.e... . ';, 

Saying that they are always .glad' 
to cooperate with the civic and fed- 
eral governments, clubmen ask that 
the elevated taxes for them- be sus- 
pended, until they get more trade, 
frorii the anticipated rush of Amer- 
ican tourists here' this winter and . 
info the spring. Thus far, though, 0 
there hasn't been so very riiiich of 
a rush of tourists from the- U. S.- 
Biit there are good, expectations that 
there' will be flocks of: these trippers 
before the winter is Pypr. The tour- 
ists are the money customers of th« : 
niteries; ' .-"■ 



'DEMAND' BRINGS OK ON 
DICTATOR' IN PARANA 



20th's ;!Mr,- Kipps' washed up after 
13 weeks on the floor. Alfred Roome 
is •assigned' to. editing.' ■.>.-•'■. 



'Public demand* is said' tp have 
caused city officials of Parana, Ar- 
gentina,, to permit , Charles Chaplin's 
'Great Dictator', to open , there last 
Thursday (30) despite the ban on tha 
film in Buerios Aires, the country's 
principal city. Sam. Seidelmah, 
United Artists' Latin American OhieN 
tain, and Pete Morgan, g.m, for Ar- 
gentina, were : in Parana for several 
days prior to the okay in an effort to ' 
get the film passed. . 

Other cities in the Argentine, Mor- 
gan has cabled UA foreign head 
Walter Gould, are also expected to ; 
grarit permission for. exhibition of 
'Dictator,' as , there is great publia 
deiharid, : particularly from interior ' 
cities. Each town-liri. Argentina has 
jurisdiction of what pictures may be 
shown in its territory, Opening i 
Parana went off without incident. 

'Dictator,' playing in Montevideo,. 
Uruguay, a ferryboat's' ride across 
the River Plata from Buenos Aires, 
is drawing large audiences from that 
city. Picture. was aJs.o given the nod 
iri Costa Rica and Nicaragua last 
week. Only squawk in Costa Rica, . 
aside from those frorn German and 
Italian diplomats, which, were dis- 
regarded, was from the newspapers. 
They complained UA was asking too 
high a price for. the film and that 
this was being passed on to theatre- 
goers. 

Brazil is the only South American 
country where UA has not yet asked 
permission to show 'Dictator.' 

6,200-Seat Fiimery 

Being Buflt in B. A 

Buerios Aires,, Feb; 4. 
A 6,200-seat house, largest in 
South America and. one of the larg- 
est anywhere, Is planned for- down- 
town Buenps Aires, accord i ng ; to 
•Plans announced by Jocquin Albertp 
Lautaret and Pablp . Cayallp, local 
chain theatre owners. ' ' 

Magnates have set up a new cor-, 
poration known as ALPA .with %' 
capitalization. . of lOiObo.OOO' pesos 
($2,500,000 U. S.) as a starter. Lauta- 
ret will be director arid . Cavallo ad- 
miriistratpr: New house will- be 
built on ground recently purchased 
by Cavallo at ' : Suipacria arid Tucu- 
mari .streets, .a . blocle off. Calle La- 
valle,. which has many film houses- 
door- .to door.. ' ' ' 
• Work will start in 'November . and 
house will be ready to open .the fol- . 
lOwing April, iri addition tb- the ■ 
theatre, project will . include 100 
apartments, 12 stores; three parking 
,loU hoidlng;l,2p0,/a'c0nflteria (com- 
bination tea and tap room), night 
.club, terrace garden arid a swimming- 
pool, with its own restaurant, gym, 
etc. 

Cavallo and Lautaret already own 
the' Ambassador, Gran Rex, Broad- 
way Normandie and Florida, and 
are interested in a new house now 
being completed on Lavalle by Coll, 
DeAore arid Gatttl.- •' • ;< ' 



14 



Wednesday, February 5y 1941 















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Reprinted from Variety issue Oct. 30, 1940 



6th x 
THRU 
WEEK 




This aduertiacmcnt appeared In 
the New York Times-issue o/ 
February I, 1941. 



Of course, we're speaking figuratively— no guarantees ! 
However, way back in October VARIETY reviewed a film 
called 'Night Train'— <r British-made picture, directed by 
Carol Reed. 

'A taut, gripping melodrama of steadily-mounting m- 
tensity, 'Night Train 9 may prove a sleeper, 9 teas the re- 
viewer 9 * description, after a projection-room showing. 
He added, 'this picture is such a potent thriller that it 
can hardly fail to droit enthusiastic revietcs, comment 
and attendance. 9 

In the absence of Hollywood name-stars, *Night' Jrain' 
was passed up, first run, by most of the leading circuits. 
So the management of the Globe theatre, on Broadway, 
booked the film, gave it good advance exploitation— and 
the result is now a matter of record. 'Night Train' is in its 
sixth week* and continuing* Exhibitors elsewhere are 
'discovering' it 

The moral of this is that VARIETY reviews pictures from 
the showmanship angle for the benefit of showmen who 
are alert for the unusuaL out of routine, type of attraction. 

Oh, yes. The *25 cent investment', mentioned above, is 
the newsstand price of VARIETY everywhere. 




154 WEST 46TH ST. 
NEW YORK 



NIGHT TRAIN 

(BB1TISH-MADE) 

2Cth-Fox of Maurice Oatrer (Gaumont- 

British) production. : 6 tars " Margaret Ixxikwood, 
Rex Harrison; features. Paul von Hernreid.- : Di- 
rected by Carol Reed. Screenplay, Sydney Gllllat 
and Prank Launder; from original by Gordon 
, !NVelIesley ; camera.-. Otto Kanturek; music, Louis 
Levy;,' editor, R. '. bearing. "Reviewed. In Pro- 
jection Room, N. Oct. 23, '40. Running time. 



Anna Bomaseb . . . . . . -. 

Gua Bennett. . . . . ... , , 

Karl Alarsen. . . .■. . 

Charters.. . . . . ; , . . .. . 

Caldicctt ......... 

Axel Bomasch.... ._. . . 

Dr. Fredericks ...... . 

Dry den ........ ..... . . . 

Roberts/. ... ... . . . . . 

' Si'bwa b'. ....'.••.«.,,•, 

' Kampenfeldt. . ...... . .. 

Capt. Frada . . . . . 

Controller. .:. . : .... i. 

Admiral Hasslnger... 

Gestapo.. Officer... . . ; . 

Teleferlc Attendant. . , 



....>•« 
»....« 



.; Margaret Wckwood: 
..'•■'. .... Rex Harrison. 

...Paul von' Hemreld 
;. , , . . Basil lladf ord . 
. ....Naumon Wayne 

...... James Harcourt 

.... . .v. . .Felli. Aylmer 

Vfyndham Goldle 

. . . . . .- .'Roland ■ Culver 

..v. ; '. . Hot Makehara 
i ...Raymond Huntley . 
,'. ; . . . . .Austin Trevor 

.......Kenneth Kent 

,...'.. . ..C. V.' France 

.... . . . .. .'.Fritz. Vallc ' 

Morland Graham 



A taut, gripping melodrama of steadily- 
mounting intensity, "Night Train' may 
prove a sleeper. It may suffer because of 
the inevitable comparisons that: will be 
drawn to 'The Lady Vanishes,' with which 
it has several factors in common. . Howl • 
ever, this picture is such a potent thriller 
that it can hardly fail to draw enthusiastic 
reviews, comment and attendance. 

Made by the same British studio that 
turned out .'Lady Vanishes/ the film also 
has the: same general subject matter, the 
same screenplay writers, again has Mar- 
garet Lockwood in the femme lead,: and 
/even makes, similar use of Basil Radford 
and. Naunton Wayne as . two tourist Eng- 
lishmen with a ludicrous interest in cricket. 
The picture thus gives, a kind of constant 
transmigratory effect, as if the spectator 
had seen it all somewhere before. Even 
so it carries so much suspense and such a 
stunning climax that it should click despite 
its dubious originality. 

Much of the film's merit obviously stems 
from the compact, propulsive screenplay 
by Sydney Gilliat and Frank Launder, and 
the razor-edge direction of Carol Reed. 
Story by Gordon Wellesley opens in the . 
tense days of August, 1939, with a Nazi 
espionage agent in London recapturing two 
Czechs who have escaped from a concen- 
tration camp, an aged armor-plate inventor 
and his pretty daughter. A British Secret 
Service operative follows : them to Berlin 
and, after an exciting sequence of events, 
during which war is declared, escapes with 
them into Switzerland. : 

Yarn is not only told without a single 
letdown but it actually continues to pile 
up suspense . to a nerve-clutching pitch* 
Picture also catches an extraordinary de- 
gree of atmosphere and characterization. 
Scenes in London carry a kind of mys- 
terious undertone, while the Berlin se- 
quences (.including some excellent stock 
shots) have a terrifying sense of . impend- 
ing danger. Scenes of troop movements 
and war preparations as news of the out- 
break of war is received during the train • 
trip to Munich add more color and excite- 
ment while the headlong chase and ; escape 
at the end is a time-tested, melodramatic 
device superbly handled. 

Carol Reed's direction is worthy of the 
best thrillers of Edgar Wallace, for whom 
he was for many years stage manager. It 
is every bit as good as Alfred Hitchcock s 
job oh 'Lady Vanishes.' Margaret Lock- 
wood is an appealing heroine and her per- 
formance is direct and persuasive. Rex. 
Harrison is properly suave as the ubiqui-. 
tous British operative, while Paul von 
Hernreid is rightly cold as the treacherous 
Gestapo agent James. Harcourt is believ- 
able as the inventor, and Felix Aylmer is 
convincing as a German spy in London. 
Badford and Wayne ■ repeat their gooijr 
. Britisher performances of "Lady Vanishes' 
arid again click. The various Nazi officials 
in Berlin are excellently drawn, and there 
are countless touches of atmosphere and: 
comedy .that add immeasurable flavor and 
zest to the picture. , 

The English are traditionally .masters of 
melodrama, and 'Night Train' is a repre- 
sentative achievement And; incidentally, 
it should prove better propaganda than a 
■ truckful of exhortative pictures. Hobe. : 



Wednesday; February 5, 1941 



PICTURES If 




Warner Bros..,. ParamPuht; and. 
Samuel Goldwyn are the heavy bid- 
ders for screen rights to/ 'Arsenic 
and Old Lace/ top. Broadway legit 
hit/ with a : sale ; ekpected within a 
week or so. . Three producers are- 
understood to be' doing some fancy 
bidding,; the sums being : talked jilt- 
ting around the $250,000- mark. ■ • v 
: "Tiady ' the;i)ark' is ; attracting 
even more interest from HpllyWopd 

than' 'Arsenic,' with, four, companies 
in- the market;" They, are Columbia, 
Which has already offered $200*000, 
Metro, Warners and Paramount. 
Par owns a large chunk of the show, 

;but under Dramatists ; Guild' rules 
still must -bid in. ; the. open .'• market 
for. ' rights) 'Lidy'. technically Isn't 
open to bids yet' as Guild rules re- 
quire it be on Broadway . three 

t weeks first. 

Highest price recently paid for a. 
legiter. was~ the- $130,000 passed over 
by Metro last week for 'Panama 

. Ijattie..' Unusual angle is that' B. G. 
DeSylva,; the producer, is also a film 

/ producer oh the Paramount lot. Paf 
was interested in the property, but 

- was outbid, -/- • .. - •.. 
Interest in Stowe Biog 

•Crusader . in Crinoline,' biography 
of Harriet Beecher StoWe, -which, will 
be. published shortly^ .has' evbked 
' Widespread, interest from.,, film 
studios,' with Walter Wan'ger said to 
be particularly partial to it." Life 
story of the slave abolitionist and 
author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' . is . by 
Forrest Wilson. 

'The. . Countess to .Boot,' . .wacky^ 
type novel, which is also slated to 
hit the stalls soon, has likewise 
aroused interest; Hal Roach office .is. 
said, to be principal, enthusiast for 
the book, which is the first by Jack 
lams of the N.Y. News' staff. An- 
other volume not yet published to 
which several film story departments 
.,*re showing preference is 'No Home- 
ward Course' by Walter Havighurst. 
. It's, the story of a German sea raider, 
the drama arising from crews of five 
ships it has sunk who are/ imprisoned 
in its hold. * 

Walter Wanger is understood to 
have paid $15,000 for 'Sundown' by 
Barre Lyndon, which he recently 
purchased.- Five-part serial, cur- 
rently running in Satevepost is a 
love-adventure story laid in British 
East Africa' and with an American 
hero. . ' ' 



.20111*8 20G for War Tarn /.',. 

Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
' Darryi Zanuck laid $20,000. on the 
line for a war story by Henry Wales 
arid Samuel Fuller; titled 'Confirm 
or Deny.' Top role is assigned to 
Tyrone Power and Fred Kohlmar 
is assigned as associate producer. 
... Metro purchased .'Reunion,' a story 
of Paris Under German occupation, 
by Ladisl'aus Bus-Fekete. 

> Paramount acquired. Dangerous 
Holiday,' a spy yarn with an Ameri- 
. can background. 

Ben Hecht sold The Forbidden 
City,' a tale of German-occupied 
Paris, to Alexander Korda. 

Republic bought 'How to Die 
Young,' an auto racing yarn by Rob- 
ert Andrews. 

Russell; Rouse arid Winston Miller 
sold their musical comedy to 20th- 
Fox. ;• .;•/■ : - •. 

-Picture Corp. of America bought 
Forced Landing,', by Maxwell Shane 
and Edward Churchill. 

Republic purchased 'Cinderella i 
Washington/ by Joseph Poland. 

Arthur Horman sold- - 'Partners 
Wanted' to Universal. 

SCREEN CREDIT SUIT 



in 



Eleanor Harris; Thinks Broinfleld Got 
" All the Bows -, ■ 



ZOth-Cehtury-Fox, Film filed an 
answer Monday! (3) . in N. Y. 
federal court to Eleanor Harris' 
'•$50,000 suit against it.- The film com- 
pany denies charges and pleads an 
affirmative deflense. ' 

Miss. Harris is - the author" of the 
original on which' 'Brigham YoUng' 
wa s based; sHe worked with Louis 
Bromfieid on the screenplay, and 
claimed that .all she was given Credit 
lor w as -story research/ while Brom- 
• n$ld received credit for everything 
else, 20th Fox claims that she Was 
Paid $1,000 for her original and $75 
weekly while working on the story, 
. Which stops her from Claiming any 
- -^"Jer* credits^ , Jt, seeks. a.dismissaL 



B00THMAN 'FINGERED' 



Minneapolis, Feb. 4. 
-Louis •Cowan, projectionist at the 
Chateau theatrej . independent nab'e, 
has confessed ;to.;the ; police \ that -he 
was the 'finger man' and one of the 
three participants who carried out 
the . holdup in the $800 robbery of 
Chateau • : and . Franklin . ..- ; theatres' 
weekend receipts.' 

Both houses ; are owned by the 
same Company and- when Fred Berg 
collected the $800: from the two box-, 
offices. Jan. 13 he was forced into 
an alley at the point of. a giin ; and 
slugged by two of ^he men Who fled 
writh the money.' < 

On a tip the police arrested a 23- 
year-old youth Who : implicated 
CoWan. The latter/admitted that he 
was familiar with the precedure for 
handling receipts at both of the 
showhouses. He put the 'finger'; on 
Berg.. While -two" of the. trio at- 
tacked the latter Cowan, ■■■sat.- in the 
car In which the getaway Was made. 




... Minneapolis, Feb. 4. 

•The military-reservation at Ft. 
Shelling,, located midway between 
Minneapolis and St - Paul, ' showing 
current releases at 17c and adver- 
tising them open to the general pub- 
lic at the post theatre, has clearance 
over Twin Ciiy 20c houses. North- 
west Allied State is complaining. 

Efforts will be made to "rectify this 
situation' through the Hays organi- 
zation and ; local conferences. 
. The independents are up in arms^ 
too, because the University of Minne- 
sota at its campus, theatre and; high- 
schools in. their auditoriums^ are 
showing .feature Alms open to the 
public for a nickel admission^ It's 
charged that this is 'unfair .opposi- 
tion' and the .film , companies will be 
requested to discontinue servicing 
such /accounts. ' 



1,000-Seat Camp Cinema 



* Detroit, Feb. 4.- 
Ahead of the pace of new barracks 
and hospital, Camp Custer completed 
its 1,000-seat picture theatre last 
week. "' 

Capt. Alfred Plaenert, construction 
quartermaster, said the hew ..house 
would go into operation as soon as 
the Army installed the, picture 
equipment, . 



New Des Moines House 

Des Moines, Feb. 4. 
New $25,000 picture hpus^-for this 
town is set by the East Des Moines 
Theatre Corp. The theatre company 
is a partnership including Tri-States 
Theatre Corp. and Roy and Lewis 
L, , Lepovitz. New house will . seat 
700 and is expected to be ready for 
opening -in four months.. ^ / 



zoth'sPh shoved Ar.«nd SWG Approves Deal Calling 



Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
Darryi Zanuck made two switches 
in his production schedule owing to 
the war and other causes. First shift 
shoves 'Miami' ahead of 'A Yank in 
the ,R.A.f;,' due to the delay in re- 
ceiving official. Royal: Air Force 
films from England: 

Sonj a Henie:s starrer, 'Sun Valley,' 
goes before the lenses ahead of;!Beije 
Starr/ which has been deferred to 
await . better outdoor weather condi- 
tions. •: 




Hollywood, Feb. 4. 

Walt Disney Productions is charged 
with unfair labor practice in a com-: 
plaint filed with .the National, Labor 
Relations. Board by Screen - Cartoon- 
ists Guild.- Warning was also served 
on Disney unless he immediately 
disbands, 'company union' his pic- 
tures will be placed ''the -unfair 
list iii. TJ.' S. and Canada in theatres, 
ahd those showing his pictures will 
be picketed. ; 

Meeting '-.of '.-union':-; heads has been 
called for Thursday night (6) to dis- 
cuss the theatfe-picketfrig move. 
.'; Cartoonists Guild, chartered by the 
Brotherhood of Painters. Decorators 
and. Paperhangers :pf America (AFL) 
complained against: Disney, based on 
his alleged .domination and interfer- 
ence with administration of the Fed- 
eration of Screen. Cartoonists: to 
which he contributed financial sup- 
port; FSG was formed by cartoon- 
ists at the Disney plant. 

STAGEHANDS SIDESTEP 
MPLS. PRODUCT BATTLE 



'• .-/• . .'■.Cle've. Telehews. Preema 

Cleveland, Feb. 4. 
- ; Herbert Scheftel, prez of Telenews 
chain>. and other execs in '. corpora- 
tion flew in for a/pre-view, of their 
hew Cleveland newsreel house which 
was officially, opened by Mayor. 
Blythin in broadcast ceremony. 
/Irving. Rueb/eh House manager. ; 

':■ Rosenfeld's .Welcome /' • ' 
". . /:V ' Dunbar, W. Va;. Feb. 4.. 
. Lester Rosenf eld, operator of only 
theatre here;, plans to" build a new 
house, to be known, as the Welcome, 
with 600 seats;. Me also owns the 
Best,: Kanawaha City. ; ■;..' . : / \: 



Minneapolis; Feb. 4. 

William Donnelly, business agent 
of the stage employees' union, has 
repudiated the action of the Central 
Labor Union, comprising all of the 
American Federation . of Labor bod- 
ies here, in going to bat for the 4,000- 
seat Minnesota theatre, operating in- 
dependently with a vaudfiim policy. 

Donnelly/ explains that he ' wasn't 
present when a resolution was 
adopted protesting because of the 
Minnesota theatre's inability to ob- 
tain major screen product, practical- 
ly all of which is sewed up In the 
loop here by the Minnesota Amus.. 
Co. {Paramount) Mort, H- Singer 
popl, and asking for investigation by 
the authorities of alleged unfair trade 
practices/ 

' At' the next Central Labor Union 
meeting; Donnelly, announces he'll 
make it clear that the stage employ- 
ees', union didn't have any hand in 
the resolution's . sponsorship and 
'don't want any part of it.' . As re- 
gards any fight which now may be 
occurring between -the . Minnesota 
theatre company and Paramount- 
Singer involving screen product, his 
Union is entirely 'neutral,' he -de- 
clares. .' ' ; . •' . , 

. 'All theatres in . the city employ 
members o s f my. uriioh, when neces- 
sary/ explains Donnelly; 'We, there- 
fore, aren't, playing any favorites. If 
the employers want to scrap that's 
their business. We're not .concerned' 
about the picture situation and don't 
intend to get mixed up in it. ' 

'Ih order to facilitate; the reopen- 
ing of the Minnesota theatre,, the 
stage employees'; union .made the 
house, numerous .substantial • conCes- 
.sions. ■ That is as far as we are pire- 
pared to go. 

The Minnesota ; Amus. Co. : and : 
Mprt H, Singer .houses heie . also, 
employ uhion labor, t, as business 
agent of the stage employees' union, 
deal with all the companies, and I'm 
iriehdly to bot'i sides:; . We do not 
intend to stick .out oUf ; necks . by. 
mixing in a battle to which we're 
.not a party and - we're not charging 
any unfairness.' ' , 
: Thus far nothing has/ come of a 
proposed union ma,ss meeting in the 
municipal auditorium to launch . a 
campaign in the Minnesota theatre's 
behalf;, -V.":-'.:". 



Tracy's Double r Header . 

■ ; . s Hollywood, Feb. 4. - 
, «Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde/ starring 
. Spencer Tracy, goes into work to- 
morrow (Wed.): at Metro. '' 
. Victor Fleming directs and Victor 
.Savilie;produc*Si. • '-• - •. 



BBAUDINE BANKRUPT 

■Los Angeles;'.;Feb. 4; ' 

William Beaudihe, high salaried 
film director of a few years ago, filed 
a voluntary petition in bankruptcy 
in Federal Court. 

Petitioner lists assets amounting, to 
$5,050 and debts of $23,719. 




Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
The Screen Writers Guild has ap- 
proved - franchise deal with film 
agents /winch calls for appointment 
of a negotiator to > handle the sale of 
all. motion picture material by 
scriveners. It will be the duty of 
the negotiator, to. secure bids; from 
all studios on original stories, .ideas, 
kc. The .writers - claim' this would 
eliminate chiseling, and would asV 
sure a-spreeh writer, of securing the 
highest possible price for his mate- 
rial. ; ..";■ 

Another clause in the .licensing; 
agreement, which is e'xpected to be; 
submitted to the Artists. Managers 
Guild this week, jprbvides for can- 
cellation; of an agency contract at 
any / time, a writer Is riot provided 
with Work during a period of 60 
days; . Other 'details provide for a 
maximumi 10% .commission to agents, 
and prohibits a writer from ?m i 
ploying any. agent that is. not 
licensed: by the SWG. Arbitration 
machinery would be set up to. han- 
dle all disputes between an agent , 
aijd' hiis clients. ;. • •: 

Studio projectionists, electricians 
and other film workers affiliated 
with the. International Alliance of 
Theatrical Stage Employees are de- 
manding a minimum six-hour "Work 
call. The .present minimum is three, 
hours. None of the locals, however, 
is pressing its ' demands - pending 
word from the east as to the atti- 
tude of International officers. The 
latter have insisted the locals are 
on their own/ and are sitting back 
waiting to See how. they fare with 
local autonomy. It is generally re- 
ported here that the International 
has instructed producers to 'shove 
the boys around' a little to see if an . 
appeal is not made for the Interna- 
tional to stejp in and handle nego- 
tiations. 

Projectionists also are .demanding 
pay for standby calls for house rahs 
and a minimum wage of $2 per hour 
for regular projectionists. The pres- 
•ent minimum /wage scale is $1.60. 
Motion Picture Projectionists 'Local 
165 has directed that negotiations 
with producers be opened immedi- 
ately, and has designated James 
Brigham, prexy; Jack Payne, secre- 
tary, and John Swartz, business rep- 
resentative, as a committee with 
full power to set a deal. 

Local 165 -is asking a minimum of 
$3 per hour for process projection- 
ists, with a weekly minimum of $110 
for 40 accumulative hours. The pay 
of a chief projectionist would range 
from a minimum of $110 per week 
to $130, depending upon the num- 
ber of projectionist* employed by a 
studio. 

Prop Concern Aligns with' AFL 

The Cinema. Mercantile Co., which 
furnishes props to the major studios, 
has inked a contract With the Amerr 
ican Federation of Labor. Workers 
included, in the pact are studio car- 
penters, painters and electricians. 
The deal Was set by, Aubrey Blair, 
AFL organizer; Herbert Sorrell. 
business representative of. Moving 
Picture . Painters - Local ; 644; . At 
Speede, business representative of 
International Brotherhood of Elec- 
trical Workers Local 40,. and Wil- 
liams Castle, business representative 
of the .Studio Carpenters. 
- The National Labor Relations 
Board has certified the Screen Car-- 
topnists Guild as collective bargain-, 
ing representative for/ the workers 
at Screen Gems, Inc. A cross-check; 
of Screen Gems payroll with the. 
SCG. membership disclosed a mar 
jority of the workers are affiliated 
with the union. , ■",'"'" 

Ed Gilbert is the. new president 
of/Screen. Set Designers. Other off if 
ccrs are iCarl Denny, ylcerprexy: 
Harry . Helso, . secretary, . and Joe 
Sternad, treasurfer. '•/ '. 

Direct Billing Voted 

The;. Los Angeles tha'ptcr of the 
American Guild of Variety Artists 
has voted: in favor' of. direct' billing 
by performers,:: and for - substantial 
tilts in. all, wage mlnimUms. The 
clause oh direct billing provides the 
office ; must be notified : of all con- 
tracts 24; hours before the engage- 
ment' starts. - It also - relieves " the 
player of the necessity of paying an 
agent 10% to close the contract. 
. ; The membership directed that the 
minimum for 'D' spots be hiked 
from' $25 per week to $30; for 'C 



spots from $30 to $40 per week,' for 
'B'. theatres and hiteries fr.om .$40 to 
$50 per week, and , for; all spots 
| which fail in .'A' classification frpm 
$50. per week to $60 per week. The 
minimum for club dates, also would 
be'.- hiked fr.om $7.50 to $10.-'/. 

The/ Superior Court .has set March 
19: as the/trial date for . the suit' of 
Henry' J. Maclsaac and Julius Neil- 
sen ; against ' the International .. Al- 
liance of Theatrical, Stage Em- 
ployees. The complainants are 
seeking to : -/force the reinstatement, 
of themselves as well as other mem- 
bers, who were expelled because' of 
their, activities, dunng the. fight be- 
tween the IATSE. and the United 
Studio- Technicians Guild. ' 

Actor Parleys Resume 
Negotiations between the Pro- 
ducers and the Screen Aetors^Guild 
"will be , resumed Thursday . (6). The 
Guilders are seeking/ reclassification 
of all extra brackets in an- effort to 
provide more- calls lit the /higher 
wage minimums; and increased pay 
for. day-players and frCe-lance actors. 
Kch rteth Thomson; executive sec re- 
tary of the SAG, is drafting the/de- 
mands for the Guild.'. .. ; • • ; 

/The; Studio Utility Employees Lo- 
cal 724 has adopted a resolution call- 
ing for three Compulsory, meetings 
per year for /educational work :p'n 
labor matters. ' The first of these wi 11 
include an outline of the functions 
of .the AFL and a study of the State 
and Central Labor Council bodies. 
Study is being . prepared by L. C. 
Helm, businesss representative of the 
local. '.;.■'-''•■. 

. The Screen Office Employees Guild 
has nixed a' proposal of - major film 
companies to set individual deals 
with the SOEG. The. Guild is Insist- 
ing upon joint negotiations in order 
to establish a uniform wage scale 
through the industry for all clerical 
employees. In a letter to the various 
studio heads, George E. Bodle, coun- 
sel for the SOEG, stated: 

'It is the Intention of the Guild to 
hegotiatie a uniform contract with 
all studios for. which the Guild has 
been certified as collective bargain- 
ing representative. The Guild can 
flnd. no justification for « departure 
from the Ordinary procedure of the 
Producers In negotiating Industry- 
wide contracts. The Guild believes 
that not only will there be a great 
saving In time and energy in the 
negotiations of a uniform contract, 
but also that the negotiation of such 
a contract Will benefit both the Pro- 
ducers and the . office, employees by 
establishing uniform rates for the 
same type of work and thereby plac- 
ing each studio on the same competi- 
tive basis. , 

■ 'In accomplishing this, there Is no 
reason why any studio should be 
prejudiced,: where the class of work 
in one studio differs from that in 
another studio, this distinction can be 
recognized by the creation of new 
wage classifications in the . contract. 
In . view of the foregoing, the Guild 
therefore requests that you under- 
take with the other Producers for 
who.«e employees the Guild has been 
certified to negotiate a contract on 
an industry-wide basis/ 

Mason SPG Prexy 

. Lesley Mason has- been re-elected 
president, of the Screen Publicists 
Guild. Other officers are Gerry 
.Breltlgam, vlce-prexy; Walter Ruf, 
i trejisurer.. iarid George Thomas; Jr.; 
I secretary;; . Al' Rackiri /and Jack 
CoooeT were designated as delegates 
to. the Hollywood Guild Council. - 
' The Screen Directors Guild has 
joined the Screen Actors Guild in 
/ opposing enactment of the Voigt As- 
. -tembiy bill to regulate film agents. 
Both groups claim passage ' of the 

■ measure would .result in price, cutting 
p.n salaries of actors a'tid pthei' artists; 

■ a rid Would bring, about -'chaotic, corid ji 
i tipns in casting of priricipals fpr'pici 
! ture productions. ■'/■ 



: Stooges End P. A. Tour 

. ; ':■ ; • Hbliywood, Feb. 4. 
: Howard; Fine - and ' Howard ' (The 
Three Stooges) have returned here 
after- a flve-nipnth personal appear- 
ance tour, and report at Columbia, to 
• complete their 1940-41 schedule of 
two-reel comedies. 

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. In a middling-sized city the other day at two movie 
theatres showing "Gone With the Wind" at popular prices, 
they had ropes up keeping the crowds in line. We are told 
that the same situation exists wherever they are putting 
on the picture for its second run and this, we think, should 
be a fine object lesson to the movie makers who occasion- 
ally become pessimistic over the future of the cinema. 

If they give us cash customers genuine entertainment; we will 
do the rest, now and through the years to come. That Is all "Gone 
With the Wind" Is— entertainment It Is Just an enthralling story 
told in the best manner of the screen. It has already hung up a 
new record for money grossed and this In a time when the world 
market Is not what It used to be and before It Is finally laid away 
on the shelf It will probably play to mere cash customers and conse- 
quently more money than any half dozen pictures In the history of 
the Industry combined; 

"Gone With the Wind" is now an oldie as the age of pictures go. 
It Has played all the big first run cities at advanced prices, and to 
Jammed houses. You would "have thought It must have absorbed all 
the trade possible to one picture, because even the cash customers 
who are usually content to wait until an offering gets down to the 
lower levels at the box office Stretched a financial point to see It 
But here it Is doing a land, office business all over again, and we 
suspect that some of this business Is repeat stuft 

THAT IS, many cash customers who saw "GWTW" before are 
seeing It again, which is a further tribute to Its entertainment value, 
especially when It is playing against numerous new pictures. We 
personally welcome the return of the picture, because we know It 
will prove an antidote to a severe attack of screen poisoning that we 
sustained recently. One of those sad message pictures that come 
out of Hollywood In cycles leaped out on us in a theatre not long 
ago and bit us, The result was a spell of deep depression and. 
complete lassitude toward all suggestions of theatre going. 

A victim of screen poisoning, which Is a malady peculiar only 
to cash customers, can scarcely abide the thought of seeing another 
picture for awhile. It produces dark thoughts of vengeance against 
the makers of the picture. Sometimes a victim has been known to 
sit brooding for hours at a stretch wondering where he might find 
the producer and the director and the. authors/and even the per* 
" formers and give them what-for. 

THE CONDITION Is usually only temporary, as In our case, 
and. can be promptly cured by something like "GWTW." We have 
already seen It three times, which is quite a Job of seeing if you 
recall the lnegth of the picture. That is not a record with us, 
however. We think we have seen "Birth of a Nation,'' counting 
revivals and all- at. least half a dozen times and we gave the Disney 
short, "Three Little Figs," our business on no less than ten different 
occasions. :■■<■ 

, It might be argued that "GWTW' Is a sort' of freak In the 
picture business the like of which wDl never be. seen again and that 
It cannot be used as a yardstick on pictures generally. We do 
not think this Is true. We think that any picture with the 
same entertainment value would do the same business. We think 
this picture ^le definite proof that the movie makers have just 
scratched the box office possibilities of their game. When they 
stick to entertainment and entertainment only they are sure to be 
rewarded. The old gag still holds tnie-^There is nothing wrong 
with the pictures that a few good pictures will not cure." : 

BUT THERE REMAINS among the picture makers and espe- 
cially, we think, the directors, that same curious misapprehension as 
to what constitutes entertainment value thajt has prevailed since the 
inception of the industry. We find it in the gloomy message cycles 
that produce the screen poisoning among the cash customers and in 
the arty efforts which win the encomiums of the critics but which 
are not entertainment within the purview of the cash customers. 

''GWTW'' should be run at least once a week in Hollywood for 
years to come and all directors required to be present at every 
showing, with some' representative of us cash customers announcing 
to them at intervals: "See, boys, that Is what we mean/' 





Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



PICTURES 



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PixJam-Up Again Ap^are^ 




; Philadelphia, Feb. 4. 

. A : bottleneck of product ' . in 
prospect, for .the Philly area again. 
The situation; jcbmesi as. a result of 
the skedded ; opening of ; 'Fantasia' 
Feb. 12 at the Aldine and the long- 
runs for ' several . other pictures, 
which has . caused a jam-up of . film 
in . the downtown houses and is 
. bound to. affect the habes sport. 

.'Fdntasia' will, take one first-run 
house but of the field entirely. The 
Aldine .is the usual ;jshbwcaser f for 
initial run of United Artists, product 
and other 'class? films. 'Philadelphia 
Story' is in . its third week at ,.the 
Boyd and . may stay a long while 
downtown; 'Gone With the Wind' is 
set ibr a long term: at the. Stanley: 
at pop prices, while -Kitty Foyie* is 
in' its sixth week in midtbwri^three 
weeks at first-run ;Boyd,. and a like 
term at subsequent-run Keith's. 

Meanwhile, distribs are yelling for 
spots for their product, . "The Lady, 
^ith Red Hair' was forced -to open 
at the Karlton, usually a subsequent? 
'run house,; while 'Tall, : batk and 
Handsome' bowed-in at the Stanton, 
a spot usually reserved ifbt B pix. 
These 'houses have . about half the 
seating capacity of the usual first- 
run spots; and /consequently won't 
gross what they, would if they 
opened at the Stanley, Boyd or Air 
dine. '. '"'■■ ' 

The riabes will' 1 " feel the pinch 
within - about a month, the usual 
time it takes product to filter down 
here. The same situation occurred 
last '-. year, when 'Gone' was . running 
simultaneously, at two. first-runs— 
Earle and Boyd. 



TALK OF DROPPING N. Y. 
HOUSE WORRIES STORES 



Playing It Safe 



Unable to agree on a renewal of its 
lease on the Rio, uptown New York 
double-biller, the Loew circuit has . 
taken a month's extension until 
March to further, consider negotia- 
tions with the . landlord. . Latter is 
represented by John J, Reynolds, who 
last week admitted there was sortie 
difficulty over the lease.. 

Merchants in the immediate. neigh- 
borhood, of the Rio, one which has 
deteriorated considerably of late 
years, have started to express con- 
cern over what was reported to them 
as closing of the house. .,'■■ 

The Loew. lease expired Feb. 1. 
Theatre is a second-run nabe. 



Orders Immediate Trial 
Of Suit Over 'Ecstasy' 

\ A temporary injunction preventing 
. Eureka Productions from continuing 
the distribution , of 'Ecstasy,' and the 
appointment of a receiver for the 
picture, was denied Max Weingar- 
ten and Michael M. Wyngate Friday 
(31) by N; Y. supreme court Jus- 
tice Louis A. Valente. The court, 
ruled that the defendants must 
agree to an immediate trial of. the 
issues and ordered plaintiffs to set 
the date. 

Suit seeks $100,0,00 damages and 
the rights to the picture, 1 , claiming 
that Eureka had the rights for five 
years lip to Oct. 23, 1939, and has 
been distributing it since without 
permission. Plaintiffs claim to have 
•purchased subsequent rights from 
.tht. producers, Elekta Film Corp; of 
Czechoslovakia. .Other defendants 
are Samuel A. Cummins, Jacques: A. 
Koerpal and Rose Chatkin, all offi- 
cials of Eureka Productions. 



Roxy's 37ic Divvy 

Roxy Theatre, Iric.r a - sUbsid. of 
20th-Fox, declared a quarterly divi- 
dend of Altec, oh. its preferred at a 
meeting held last Friday (31). This 
.Maintains; the usual. 1 annual , rate of 
f 1.50 on these shares- - '' 
. Divvy is payable March 1 to stock- 
holders on record Feb. 15. ' 



RKO . apparently can't make , 
up its mind whether the Panaina 

• Canal is .ah Artierican . epic or a 

/scandal.. So it's, registered a title 
on each side and one neutral one 

.to take care of all eventuali- 
ties. • ;V. .-•/•' '.'/ 

Labels are 'American Saga: the 
Panaina Canal,' ,'Panama Scan- 

•dal' and 'the Panama .of Parti 
ama.': ..- / ■ .- . •/ ■ 



CN, LTD., TO DISTRIB 
PRC FILMS IN CANADA 



Producers Releasing Corp. ./ has 
concluded a deal with Grand Na- 
tional Films, Ltd., for the distribu- 
tion by. latter of all its product in 
Canada, including Sigmund Neu- 
f eld's three groups of westerns. Ne- 
gotiations were consummated . by 
Leon Fromkess. PRC's export , man- 
ager in New Vbrk. - O: Henry Briggs 
is president of the compihy.: 

In line with the deal made, the 
name of Grand ■•' National Tilms,. 
which has branches in six Canadian 
keys, will be changed to. Producers 
Releasing .Corp. of Canada and New- 
foundland.' PRC has a schedule of 
38 featuries on this season's program, 
including eight westerns.; . - 



GOLDENSON'S DIXIE TREK- 

Huddling WUh Sparks and Lynch In 
Fla. 



Leonard H. . Goldenson, top Par- 
amount theatre executive, leaves to- 
riiorrow (Thurs.) for . ; Jacksonville, 
Fla.. where he: will jiuddle with E;J. 
Sparks, company's partner in Flori- 
da, followed by a tour of all east 
coast towns of the state in company 
with Sparks. . 

Going on to Miami, Goldenson will 
discuss local operating matters and 
problems with S. A- Lynch, subse- 
quently taking a vacation of a Week 
or so. He may go on to Havana for a 
portion of that, returning to the Par 
h.o. abut Feb. 25. ';" 

The Par theatre convention will be 
held in Virginia, toward the .end of 
March, but as yet the exact date has 
not been set nor the site, though 
Feb. 27-28-29 has been mentioned, 
together with Hot Springs as the 
town. 



PDC's 50% Sked Set 



Producers Releasing Corp., with 
schedule of .38 pictures announced 
for 1940-41 season/ h,as released al- 
most half up to this. time. It has 
turned out. 16 pix in all, of which 
nine have, been westerns and seven 
features. 

Five productions are now on the 
release schedule. They include three 
westerns and two dramas. 



' Coyle Joins PDC . 

Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
v John T. Coyle became an asso- 
ciate, producer at PDC, with 'Fed- 
eral Fugitives/ by Martin Mooney, 
his first assignment. ; 
. Last year. Coyle . produced: 'The 
Great Commandriient,' which was 
bought by 20th-Fox. 



Bicycles Wanted 

New gag is making the rounds 
of fllrti jukebox operators, who 
Claim that distributors are going 
to any lengths to sell their ma- 
chines over their competitors.' ../•■'' 

One manufacturer, it is said, 
promises that performers fea- 
tured in his . films will do . a p : a: 
with each machine, he sells— f our 
minutes to each location. 



Mpls. E^bs Didn't Get 
Any Part of Prosperity, 
Bank Report Indicates 



Minneapolis, Feb. 4. 

Federal Reserve bank report here 
shows' that Northwest business vol- 
uriie. in 1940 reached its. highest level 
since 1929 and 1930 and the single 
month of December showed heavier 
activity than any December in 11 
years; . But; /say ^ Twin 1 City '■'inde- 
pendent exhibitors, it ain't so ; as far 
as ^they're concerned. They insist 
that 1940 was one of the worst years 
they've ever had, . with . operating 
costs 'way up; and grosses 'far down!': 

There's no . denying the Federal 
Reserve bank figures, the. exhibitors 
concede, but, they argue, the public 
apparently has . been spending its 
money . for things other than pic- 
tures. Other forms of entertainment 
and night spots, along with the radio; 
beer parlors, night clubs, bowling 
and cards, have cut deeply into the- 
atre grosses, . according to the ex- 
hibitors. ■ .;•:..■■:'.'.";■'.'■■"■ 

The Federal Reserve report de- 
scribes: the agricultural situation as 
being the best • in the depression 
decade 1941 opened.' And this 
territory the Northwest —depends 
tnainly on agriculture for its well 
being. When .there's: farm' purchas- 
ing power there's prosperity through- 
put the section. 

Among other things, the bank re- 
port points out that Minnesota em- 
ployment averaged 5% higher than 
in 1939 and was larger than any 
other year in the bank's seven-year 
records. '. 



LOEWS $1,936,245 
NET IN 12 WEEKS 



Select Takes 'Air* 

. Select Attractions has closed a 
deal for the general release in this 
country of, 'It's in the Air,' English- 
Wade which was recently brought 
over and shown in one of the New 
York arties. .-. " 

It was. produced by Basil Dean 
and has George Formby, English 
comedian, as the star. 



'...- Schaefer's *Ja$on* 

V Hollywood, Feb, 4. f 
Arniand Schaefer was assigned as 
associate producer . oii 'Jason, the 
Bucket,* • a new yarn purchased by 
M. J. Siegel for Republic. 
.' In adition to . 'Jason,' Schaefer is 
readying 'Cpunty Fair' and "The -Old 
Gray Mare.-' V/-" 



• Alice Faye Re-Pacted 

..)■ Hollywood, Feb; 4. 

Alice . Fay sticks at J2Qth-Fox for- 
at least another year. .; 
; : Actress, ^ currently Starring in /The 
Great American Broadcast,' has had 
option on, her contract lifted for the 
12-month period. 

;;>'' OUT OF hiding ; ; 

Hollywood, Feb; 4. 
Two years oh the .shelf, 'Secret 
Ship,' a tale with a spy background, 
is being: readied for production by 
Columbia. 

• Alex Gottloib, how a Universal 
producer; wrote the story. 



Loew's, Inc., net profit for the 
first 12. weeks ended Nov. "21, 1940, 
totaled $1,936,245, as against' $1,393,- 
456 in comparable period in .1939. 
This is equivalent to $1.04 : on the 
comnion as compared with 71c in 
corresponding period in the. previous 
fiscal year. . This 12- week period is 
the first covered by tne company in. 
Its new fiscal year, which started 
Sept; 1, 1940. Net profit represents 
a gain of $542,789. oyer the previous 
year's initial period. 

Company's operating profit before 
depreciation, taxes and $500,000 re- 
serve for contingencies amounted to 
$3,805,255, or nearly $800,000 greater 
than the comparable period of 1939. 
Improvement in net profit was made 
in the face of nearly. $245,000 in- 
crease in taxes and depreciation de- 
ductions. Loew's report figures the 
net profit as equivalent of $14.16 on 
each preferred share against $1.0.19 
reported in the corresponding period 
of the previous fiscal year. 
. Loew's reported its net . profit at 
$8,908,469 in a Statement to stock-: 
holders the .. middle ... of last month, 
after writing, off. .$2,000,000 as. reserve 
for contingencies. Company is con- 
tinuing this policy of writing off such 
reserve for contingencies, showing 
$500,000/ deducted . ' .. the ; first 12 
weeks br its new fiscal year; 





via manger, 
1st Run Field vs. WB in PhiDy 



Farewell to Arms 



. Philadelphia, Feb, 4i 
■ .Here's -the latest draft comedy 

• here:-. ; - . :• 

. Cecil' Felt, operator o; the indie 
; Bluebird,; had his number pulled 
'./ and was ordered to report for 
"■ service. -''.:• ■■'.... 

M e hiibers of his family threw 
him a gala farewell party. . Then 
the' Variety Club\ tossed him a 
. shindig to. bid him goodbye, 
.'. Not to be outdone, the* Show- 
men's Club, an outfit made up 
of younger men in the film biz, 
gave :him a lallapalooza of a 
party th;e night befbre the de- 
parting herb; was. set to. go to 
' camp. In addition they gave him 
a handsome going-awky present; 
.'■. Came the dawn arid Cecil went 
to. the Armory, for the final 
"ch'eckoyer. The Army took one 
look and turned him down. 
. Now; Felt is pondering on 

♦ whether -to. .throw -.a., patty for 
the : party-throwers; 



LITTLE AMUS. STOCK 

Aoivnt in Nov, 



• Washington, Feb. 4, 
. Holdings of Paramount Pictures r 
Inc., $1 par .common Stock; were 
doubled by. Anson d. Goodyear, New 
York director of. the company, in 
November^ ■ according to the latest 
report of stock exchange transactions 
released by. : the ; Securities & : Ex- 
change Commission. 

Through the purchase of 1,000 
shares of : the stqck, Goodyear, 
brought his total holdings to 2,000 
shares. Also listed as possessing 300 
shares of .6% convertible first pre- 
ferred stock .in ' the company in his 
own account /and of having ah in- 
terest fn an additional. 300 shares of 
the same type stock held in trust.; 

Only other film stock transaction 
listed for the month- of November 
was purchase by Preston DavleS, New' 
York director, of .30 shares of 8% 
cumulative first preferred stock of 
Universal Pictures Co. Davies al- 
ready owned 100 shares of the com- 
pany's $1 per common. 



'. Phjladeiphia,. 1 'Feb. 4. 

William Goldman, president of 
William Goldman Theatres; : Inc* 
Marge indie circuit in the Eastern' 
Pennsylvania, area, last week served , 
notice publicly, that he was but to 
give - the Stanley-Warner circuit . its 
first competition in the first-run field . 
in downtown Philly. Goldniah sent 
a letter to .all the distributors declar-/ v 
irig that he was. on the market for 
first-run. product fox ? his ' Erlanger, 
1,859-seater. in: midtbwn. The Er- 
langer,. built . in the late ^20's,', ha» 
been -used variously- as a legit ther 
atre and fllmer.. Goldman took it 
over last: November and has rented it . 
for several . legit shows since; ' : , : - ■; , . 

- ;In' his^ letters i- "to" the. distribs,;/G.old- 
map 'pointed but that the. Erlairiger 
was 'successfully' operated b^ v RKO". 
as its : first-run .'''-outlet diirihg the 
1929-30 season. 'You will be glad 
to know,' he wrote,, 'that we shall 
be able to afford your pictures an 
ppportihiity to. earn,. . all the: filni. , 
rental the^ are entitled to get. V 
. 'You know, of course, that the Er- 
langer is a $2,500,000 theatre, with ; 
new sound equipfhent and .1,859 
seats,' and- will charge the same ad- 
mission price as the Stanley and the ; 
Boyd ( Warner deluxers )> and will bei ; 
able to give pictures extended runs. 
It will offer, too, the benefit of high- 
powered exploitation and advertis- 
ing, and terms the. pictures ; merit.'. 

Goldman also wrote that he would 
be 'interested' in any pictures .which 
| the distribs contemplated road-show- . 
ins, or selling singly during the buy- 
ing season commencing next August.; 

Recently it had been reported that; 
Warners had' .sought : clearance' for 
its Center, a third and /fourth-run 
house; oyer- the ;Er!ariger. Goldman 
had threatened to bring suit if this 
protection was granted. C. Brews- 
ter RhoadS, Goldman's attorney, sent 
letters to Warners and the distribs 
pointing out that clearance for the 
Center would constitute z violation 
of the consent decree.. The Center 
seats about 500. 

After some dickering, Warners is 
said to have dropped the idea of 
getting preference for the Center. , 



Quiz Jake Wilk 



Jacob Wilkj eastern story editor of 
Warner Bros., was examined before 
trial Thursday (30) in the N. Y. Fed- 
eeral court in connection with a suit 
by Katherine Moog against the film 
company. . . \ /. . 

Warner Bros. Is being "sued for 
$75,000. alleged libel in 'Confessions 
of a Nazi Spy,' with Miss Moog 
charging that the role played in the 
film by Lya Lys was meant to por- 
tray her. 

Suit of MUton Herbert Cropper 
against Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., 
was dismissed Wednesday (29) after 
trial by Judge John Foster Symes in 
the N. Y... Federal court. Action 
claimed- the plagiarism of; plaintiff's: 
play, 'Ex -Racketeer,' in the picture 
'Alcatraz.'. 

An injunction, , accounting of 
profits ' and damages had been 
Sought in the action, 'Which claimed, 
the play was- submitted to Warner 
Bros; ; in 1934 and rejected. 



Loew's (Metro) Eariiings, 



Net profit, except as noted: (t) deficit. 
•* 1930 ;;.■:.-,:./....,.,.:.;•/ ... V.$14,600,332 : ■ 

1931 .;.;.;..;..;.:...v.v..v;..;:/.;...:v..v i ;. ai,829;993 

1932 /.':.,;■.'..■./.■. ...,." .-..;-'... ;..".'...:.. ;:.^v.:'.. ;..-.:'; r -,.-7,?e!i,314':; - •■; : 
! 1933 . ....;.....'::,..•./..;.:..;-...:. . 4,034,290; 

1934 • / , ; . . 7,479,897 

1035' ' ...;;-..;,...'. /. . ., : .. 7,579,744 
.1936 V;;;.-;.....'-.'.V:;.\;v^.^:-...v.'>';v^.;:.v>;.:-;"..:.H,0763?3-' , 
v 1337- ;;,;.,....,../ ;.'.: .... 14,426,062 

1938 . ; . . , . /; v. . , . . 9,924,934 

1939 :.'....;..;,:^.;:...;. . 9,841,531 
-. 1940 . . ......... V v. : , . ; 8,908,469 

(1940 by Quarters) - 
First .. -' .. Second -■ Third Fourth 

Quarter ; . Quarter '. Quarter : iQuarter : 

$1,393,456 . **$5,396,372 $1,206,566 .$912,075 

♦*First .l0 weeks, ended March 14, 1940.' 

(1941 by Quarters) 
:' Quarter ' Quarter ' Quarter . Quarter 

First Second Third Fourth 

.$1,936,245 ; - ; ....... : 

(Fiscal, year ends approximately Aug. 31) 



WB PAYS %\e ON PFD. 
STOCK, 1ST SINCE '32 



Dividend payments on/the, Warner 
Bros, preferred shares were resumed/ 
last week after none had been paid 
since March 2, 1932. Directors at a 
special meeting voted a distribution 
Of 96 'Ac, this being listed as a current 
divvy. The dividend, totaling $95,- 
.881.36 on the 99,617 shares presently 
outstanding, will be paid March 1 to 
stockholders on record Feb. 14. ' The 
divvy is v the regular quarterly based, 
on the $3.85 annually paid on this 
Warner preference issue, .- .' 

Warner Bros., in hs most recent; 
financial report covering the' first 
quarter of Its fiscal year ended last 
Nov. 30, showed approximately $33.68 
arrears due on each share of pre- 
ferred, or about $3,355,848 unpaid, 
dividends on this stock; 

Action on the preferred dividend 
came as a Surprise both to stockhold- 
ers and Wall Street because/ there 
was little hint at the stockholders' ; 
annual rtieetihg laHe In 1940 that such 
action was under consideration; Nor 
was/any mention made of the. pcissi- 
bilily in the annual report for the 
fiscal year ended last Aug. 31. Com- 
pany at that time showed an earned . 
surpli's of $4,445,330. Warner Bros, 
then- also rejported , $2,178,000 princi- 
pal amount of /the . 6%-. debentures, -, 
series due in 19.48, - as : held, in the 
company's treasury; or ..a sufficiertt 
amount to meet sinking; fund 
quiremehts through: Dec. 15, .1943; 
• ; WBis/riet operating profit of $1,276,- 
; 316 was reported for the 13 Weeks 
fending Nov. 30, 1940,/the r. first fiscal 
1 quarter pf the corporatjony or $12.81 
on. :thc !. preferred' arid ;3ic/ on " the 
common. ; This . net was approxi- 
. rhateiy dbubie that shown ' the 
comparable .quarter of . the preceding 
fiscal year. . . . '.- -: : 



Hilton New Sales Mgr. • 
Of Consolidated Film 

Robert B. Hilton has been named , 
sales manager for Consolidated Film 
Industries; largest film printir." cpm- : 
pany in U. S. He has been with Con- 
solidated for nearly nine years, 
working up from the ranks. 

He will- headquarter in New York. 



18 PICTURES 



J/ARitifr 



Wednesday, February 5, 19 it 



Welles Has 25% of 'Kane' 



; Continued Jroin page 4; 



1 PATHE LABS ENLARGING 
PLANTS DUE TO U DEAL 

tinuous huddles with lawyers since to Himself, That's the result of air' Long expected move of Universal 
Welles' arrival; from the Coast. ':'-. I early deal with Schaef er, ' when to switch its printing, contract away; 

Reports on the Coast that a rap- 1 Welles originally intended to make. ffom Consolidated Film: Industries 
prochm'enfc haa^been . reached + be- j.'Heart of Darkness' and. 'Smile^With ^ consummated by the U directo- 
tween Welles - and Hearst and that | a Knife', as .his first two films .for | _ ., , • , . , 



the film . -would be ' shown at San 
■ . Simeon for the / publisher to make 
i desired cuts were heatedly denied in 

New York. Welles' and RKO's enr. 

tire legal stands it pointed out; 

Is based on the insistence that the 



RKO. *barkhessr was '"a. highly ; ex - ' rate last week, when a two-year pact 
perjmetflal . affair, and RKO .was ./was granted" Pathe Laboratories on 



against • it. . He finally won permis- 
sion to do it by promising to make 
'Smiier' for; free.; Then, because of 
extensive miriiaiure . set • re- 



picture is no.t about Hearst. To - show : ! b.Uired> he was to make •'Smiier*. be; 
it to. him for editing 1 would ; cbm r fore - Darkness.' •_•'... :\ ■'■■■ 
pletely upset that position. : 



Heart Stance 
Hearst papers/- incidentally, which 



'Smifer/. however, had .a bigger 
fchi the "lead role than -male. - It re- 
quired someone ; like; Carole Lbm- ; 



had a bari on mention of RKO or its|bard 'or . Rosalind Russellj . who 
products-^except f0r a bne-parar '..wouldn't consider it. because it , was 
graph squib, occasionally in some of highly Unusual npart, rand . they 
the papers with which RKO had i weren't sure what, a novice film di- 
previbus understandings with adver- \ rector like Welles, might do with. 
Using- departments^-have : . again be v , them. Meantime, the ./'Kane*, idea 
gun reviewing. RKO pictures/ ; -. Re- ;,\yas: developed i. and the other two 
views of 'Playgirl' iarid l:*Saint in Palm '■'lilm^;■. : 'we^'!e : ;;.';drpppeA■. : . Which ; still, 
Springs' appeared in the : N.' Y. -MiV- however/left. Welles" ; wltii • ••Produc?-' 



ror Friday (31) 

Mirror, too, has been soliciting 
RKO for a color ad for .'Citizen 
Kane.' Nevertheless, Hearst's Cps- 



t ion Nov 2' to do for tree. 

$150,0)00 Advance 

Welles got a $150,000 advance on 
his 25% from the first picture, which 



mopolitan mag ttirhed down a..pa»e., ; s .a 1 i: that ne has ' received from RKO. 
ad for the picture.^its M^rch .issue ; j. H , s . staff was. charged to production 



ccst on the film— such things as "his 
demahd iqr Ws own publicity setup 
causing a . considerable burnup by 
the parallel departments in the RKO 

layout • ; ;. - . ' . • ' ■ 

Welles' went heavily into debt on 
his last legit .production, 'Five Kings,' 
which folded on the road, and much 
of the original $150,000 went to pay 
these loans. . He pieced but his ex- 
penses with radio coin and ' a couple 
of lecture tours.. ..-••'.. .-■''.-'.'' ', '■' 

Plans now are to complete the next 
two pictures as quickly as possible 
and take a vacation. He wants to 



Too full to take any more advertis- 
ing* was the explanation. 

All sorts of pressure is said ; to have 
been exerted on hot only members of 
RKO's board, but on ••execs of other, 
major companies. Louella Parsons. 
Hearst Holly wood r ep; 'who- init ially 
called to her boss* .. attention, the 
similarity of life and; picture; U 
stated to have been" 'so busy on. the 
telephone during : ; the' .past three 
weeks she haSn't . even had. time .to 
write her column:' ' ' . 

Other Pressure • 

Extreme bit of pressure Is said to 

have come Saturday Cl) from Sam- j oj^eii'Tn 'King Year' on Broadway, in' 
uel Goldwyn and :-. Lotus B. Mayer, I December, running > eight-10 weeks,. 
Metro chieftain. They, are under- and then going on the road for a 
stood to have phoned Hedda Hopper. I short tour, which would permit: him 
Holly wood columnist, and, entreated ; to be back • Hollywood for more 
her .not to go ahead with plans to , picture-making in . the summer of 
broadcast a. six-part story of Welles ,1942 — 
life. She is a friend . of Welles'*, and - t J . \ , _ , - : , ., . 
is reported to have tipped him off " I He * rt ot Parkness,' ir it should 
Serial begun Monday X3) night as e y e ' be made will, probably, begone 
slated ' of Hollywood's most unusual films. 

Others who are understood to have | The camera actually plays a charac- 
ter part, and is given, a name; — Mar- 
low. It talks to the other characters 
and they to it, although it is never 
seen. Welles . Is understood to be 
willing to' sell this or the 'Smiier* 
script for $20,000. 



a cost-plus basis. As a result of the 
new contract; Pathe will, make ex- 
tensive enlargements of its plant at 
Bpuridbrbok, ; ':'N/ J., .'and On the 
Coast. Pact includes the newsreel, 
With Pathe Labs already subletting 
this. to HER laboratories (N ; , Y.) for 
six months because pot haying? cori- ; 
venient facilities close to' Manh'at-- 
tan. ' "■ '}■. . j • • . 

^Universal an.hb.unced,.last July that: 
it had made . a $1,500,000 . loan, which 
was to be. Used in paying off , 'ma< 
turing 6% mortgage pi $1,000,000 due 
Consolidated, and Increase working 
capital, ..Then recently it was re- 
ported a deal with Pathe was near- 
ing completion, /Contract with Pathe 
is Understood to be , at the rate. . of 
•021c per foot and does' not include 
raw stock. Cost-plus arrangement 
would push up, price per foot, as It 
allows a sliding scale according, to 
work, done; Became' effective on Feb. 
r-last,.,: /• ■ •;■' ''.;• • • ' • '. ' ,':■ / 

Pathe Laboratories shares, listed 
on the Over-the-Counter market, 
climbed several points to " $28 per 
share, on announcement of the new 
contract. Had been down as low as 
$19 at one time. 



Schencks 'Make' FDR Ball 



^Continued from page. 3- 



fled .with pictures of the Third Term 
president and Mrs.. Roosevelt they 
asked, and received permission : to 
have them signed between cburs.es. 
Through Jeiin Hersholt and Charlie 
Pettijohn ' of : the. Hays, office Hhey 
askei -for the Roosevelt ' campaign 
hat, worn ; in his - three, strenuous 
election tours. He promised, to con- 
tribute it for the. Motion PictUr^ Re- 
lief ball ;n Ho.liywood on March 17 
(also date of his wedding anniver- 
sary), where it wil be auctioned. 

Stars said they coufd get at least 
$10,000 for the precious top' piece, . 



been contacted directly by. phone by 
Miss Parsons are David Sarnoff, prez 
of RCA, chairman of the board 'of. 
NBC and a former chairman of the 
RKO board; Joseph Schenck, 20th- 
Fbx topper; Nicholas Schenck, Metro 
biggie; Van Schmus and the -Rocke- 
fellers. . Welsl Back to N. Y 

Mention has been made of Holly- Hollywood, Feb. 4. 

wood forming some sort Of "pool and Edwin Weisl beaded for New York 
buying up the negative to avoid a after discussing, various legal phases 
general attack on the industry by the } of rko. matters with Floyd Odium 
Hearst press, which has been threat- at i atter > s ranch on the desert/ . 
ened. Welles definitely is against ' 
such a prbpbsitibnvr ' . the report- 
Film as it stands represents $786,00Q, . 
of which $746,000 was production, 
cost and $46,000 is in magazine ads, v 
which it is how too late to cancel. 

SeVeral major circuits are said to 
have accepted ; commitments . 
'Kane' back in October, 



Tax Service 



Allied States 



^Continued from" page 6s 



- $15,000 Net This Y?ar 

The midnight shows at the Capitol 
and Earle/. with all. stars, sold ca- 
pacity and 600 rstanding room. They 
will net about $7,500 for the Infantile 
Paralysis cause. The .'commarid per- 
formance', of 'Old Acquaintance' 
:gLr6ssed,.$5,180, : will net '-'about $3,000. 
Last year Washington's, net for •■ill 
activities, was $62,000. Early returns 
indicate the 1941 net will be close to 
$75,000. : 



Industry pressure to get Miss Dur- • 
bin, whom they had, in an. over/.eal- 
ous tnoment, announced . would, at- 
tend their. Fifth Regiment Armory' 
Ball.' - U. S. Senators Tydings and 
Radcliffe, GoV. O'Connor and Mayor 
Jackson pleaded for. the Universal 
star. But Mrs. Durbin, who said the: 
studio had Deanna insured : for $800,- 
000, refused to let her fly and^Wa*' 
against 'unnecessary risk.' She con- 
sidered aVquick autb trip to Balti- 
more, even with - police .escorts, '■. 
hazard. So Baltimore had to be con- 
' ;erit ■ with George Raft, Wayne Morris 
arid: Maureen Q'Hara,' Who: made, auto 
trips.- \ There "^were 18,000 at the 
Baltimore gayety.- 



frequent intervals instead of on an 
annual basis: casts, an undue burden 
on : the exhibitors and increases the 
opportunities; .of the distributors to ; . 
play one exhibitor against, another 
and ; to impose, harsh terms. Unless ' 
the : distributors ., are scrupulously 
fair irt selling under the new' sySr 
tern, the hardships will outweigh the 1 
benefits. 

'3.. Sec. IV, contains a forthright- 
declaration that ho, exhibitor shall 
be required to license short subjects, ■ 
reissues* westerns or foreigns as a 
condition to the right to license .de- 
sired groups of features. This should 
be effective to eradicate a serious 
evil. We recognize, however, that 
so long, as distributor- representatives 
have several classes of products to 
sell the exhibitors at the" same time 
there will be a temptation to "con- 
dition the . sale of . desired product 
upon the acceptance of unwanted 
product. . This can be overcome and 
jthe provision can be • made effective 
if the distributors insist upon good 
faith observance by their sales forces 
and exhibitors: are alert { to make a 
record of all infractions which will 
stand the test of an arbitration pro-' 
ceeding. : 



. A Singer Without a Piano 

Lauritz: Melchibr, the Metropoli 
tan opera tenor, really gave a Com- 
mand Performance. He was at the 
White Hou^e luncheon when' the 
President conveyed word- that he 
would like to haVe him sing ..at the 
'Cuff-' Links' dinner of his crohiesi 
scheduled .for 8 p.m.; Melchbir, of 
'course, said !yej/' and : then, lohgrdis- 
tanced. his accompanist to fly down 
immediately from York, 
-r Then it . was;, discovered .'there ; was • 
no piano in the White House, other 
than the huge east, room inistrument 
which: could not be readily moved. 

.So Alan Cbrelli- : of_ Theatre Au- 
thority, Melchior's escort, borrowed 
an upright from the Hotel Willard 
and. manager Sonierviile had it 
trucked up and. moved into the red 
room. "■ >- -' ;' 

The two coveted seats beside the 
President Went to, Maureen O'JIara 
and Lana Turner. Next were Kay 
Aldridge and Deanna Durbin. 



discontinued from page. 3sss 

pendents, and heads of families 
whose gross income is $2,000 or more.- 
Broadway 1 . De ductions f 0r expenses are the 
opening, if Music Hall should take it, : same as j or former years, and in- 
wouldn't be possible xintil almost the ■ C ] tl j e ; . •; . '' '-"■ - 

end of March, although the .film is ; : cost of accountant; automobile; if 
now complete, running 117 mihutes used for business; attorneys' fees, if 
in final edited form. Possibility is connected with profession; man- 
seen, also, that the film will be road- , a g e rs', booking agents' or brokers' 
shown. ..-■■:'■ '■■'■ . '•■■ '■ J commissions; costumes, Including \up- 

Welles is said to have. continued, to. l ;e ep; depreciation on musical instru- 
deny to the RKO board and execs : men t s or stage equipment; dues for. 
that 'Kane' is Hearst and pointed out professional memberships and labor 
l more dissimilarities than similarities, | unions; entertainment of newspaper 
|He even claims .that, the film carries . ^^representetives; expenses of consul- 
fits: own denial in that it . actually ■ tations with authors ' and. directors; 
mentions Hearst in. dialog something j tcxi fares arid general expenses when 
like this: 'Who is this man Kane? He playing benefits; expense of musical 
is a great yellow, journalist like arrangements; insurance -.on practi- 
Munsey, Hearst and -Pulitzer. , ■■ . C ally. all items but life insurance; all 



I 



II. The Right to Buy 



3 More for RKO 



publicity expenses, including adver- 



Welles 10 days ago signed ah ex- l tism gv lobby displays, fan mail, thea^ 
tension of his: original pact ^ ; with ' tre tickets, flowers^ etc.; subscriptions 
RKO for. three films: It 'still calls ' for :- trade papers , and magazines; 
lor orily three pictures, including i fcrobats may. charge. off:gymnasi,um 
•Kane/ but ah. extension of the timec ex P en f 6s . jf . required, when laying 
involved was required by the pro- ^ stu*p costs and office, rental; 



ducer's failure to V get started ■. as 
originally planned. . 
" His next : picture must be in pro 



salaries of secretary, substitute per- 
formers,, supplies ^including station- 
ery, postage/, sheet; music, phpno- 



duction by April 1 and the third i |^P^J e ^;^ 

must g6 into -preparation i m : d^s ^ ^ ^^ 

fu-i *ri,t>+ fli™ I. «.t)ii : while away from home, are all de- 

f^V'-Xf^KrsS^ railroad fares, 

titled, but final script has been com, ; _ mea i- transfer teleerkms and 
pleted in thc.two months since ^ shoot- if^w? -^^^OTS 
ing woynd up on 'Kane.' It will star ! &j?l ne ;.£ ps ' P«spott fees and 



Welles and Dolores Del Rio, Whom 
he has Said; he ■intends to marry 
when her divorce . decree becomes 
final, .' She is also in New York at 
present. ;\.' ; ' 

Filmi will be .-'ah-. honest picture 
about Mexico,' lensed in Mexico 
City and in the Mexican welt. Third 
picture under the pact is still: en- 
tirely undecided , . 

Mexican film will be made for 



Pullman fares,: 



20th Readies 'Coney Is.' 

■ ■: ,';- .''■ ';. Hollywood, Feb; 4. 
Sporting life in. New York in : the 
early. 1900's is to be depicted at 20th- 
Fox in - 'Coney Island,' a story by- 
Ed : Van Every, former sports writer 
and author of 'Sins of New York.' 1 



William Perlberg is assigned as as- 
RKO by r WeIles entirely without pay I sociate producer. 



.,'1, Sec VI should be effective to 
prevent exclusive selling; The lan- 
guage is nicely balanced to insure a 
run to ali worthy exhibitors with- 
out lending encouragement to shoot- 
ing galleries ' and fly-by-nights. We 
feel that the clause protecting the 
distributor's total film revenue in 
the area should not be interpreted 
to cover threats of withdrawal of 
patronage made by circuits to per- 
petuate their local monopolies. 
: 2. Sec. VIII, providing for the ar- 
bitration of complaints of urireaspn- 
able clearance, is in good form arid 
should be effective, except for the 
provisions protecting ; c 1 e a r a n c e 
granted in certain franchises. : 
, ' '3. Sec. X, relating . to : .discrimina- 
tion in the granting- of: a! run,; im- 
poses so mahy cbriditioris'tb the right 
to arbitrate thereunder, as .to be of 
little practical value. However, for' 
those Who can qualify Under its pro- 
visions,' the sectipri . holds : out' the' 
prospect of '''.relief from the most se- 
rious abuse that has been practiced 
by the Big Eight. . 

'4... For. a riurriber of years Allied 
has contended that the only effective 
remedy for the abuses attempted to 
be dealt with in the foregoing- parar 
graphs, • was the separation of : pro? 
ductipn arid distribution frpmi ; exhl* 
bition; Sec. XI, postponing the issue 
of theatre divorcement for three 
years, ' is the^ weakest and most dis- 
appointing feature of the Decree, It 
is doubtful . whether Under its pro- 
visions, the Gpvernnierit can control 
acquisitioris to any extent during the 
test period. . However, in. view of the 
outstanding .importance; of this sub- 
ject, acquisitions new ' develop- 
ments by any of the consenting dis- 
tributors which indicate a general 
policy of expansion, such as wbpld 
violate the decree^ should be prompt- 
ly, reported to National Allied.' 



Benny Goodman's Tough Schedule 

' It will never be decided whether 
Kay Kyser or Benny Goodman is the 
greatest Birthday Ball attraction. In 
1940 Kyser drew 16,000 people to the 
Hotel Mayflower. Last Friday night 
the police stopped the sale of tickets 
and refused admission to several 
thousands, after, the turnstiles reg- 
istered 15,000.: Maestro Goodman did 
not. catch up with his White House 
luncheon invitation until the meal 
was over. But he arrived by plane 
from the Duporit 'party at Wilming- 
ton in time to be escorted over to the 
Executive . Mansion by the First 
Lady. Goodman also missed the 
President's broadcast; since he fol- 
lowed the Chief Executive's address 
on the air, and was broadcasting at; 
the Mayflower. Because of these dis 
appointments a special date later 
with the President was arranged lot 
the 'King, of Swing.' 



. Cinderella Gets a Sponsor 

The 'Cinderella' stunt at the Birth 
day Ball . was actually one of those 
things that puts a press agent in 
Paradise. When Artne Skeplovich, 
the 14-yeat-old West Virginia girl 
showed up at the White House late 
Wednesday: night with her bogus in- 
vitation; to -be an overhight guest, 
she was sent to the; Receiving Home 
for Girls.., Co-chairrnan George Allen 
When he heard of the hoax immedi- 
ately arranged for her to see the 
President.' , The'. lEntertainment com 
mittee then' arranged fbr her to at 
tend the balls under official chaper 
onage. The Skeplovich cup of joy 
overflowed with a $200-and-expenses 
offer to appear , on a national radio 
program. Besides, she got a new 
evening .outfit and « suite at the 
Mayflower. . ' \ - ■ 

Deanna .' and, Knudsen 
Deanna • Durbin's Hollywood es 
cort arranged a special two-page 
Look, mag; spread at. the Capitol for 
the Universal star. When the White 
House and Washington newspaper 
photographers tried to get in on 
these; specially arranged shots, there 
was an. explosionV. Result of the 
row was a quiet word among the 
Capitol leris men to 'play down Dur- 
bin-' "•'•• '•.'■:.' 

Snub was forgotten at the v Gold 
Plate breakfast when Williamknud 
sen. No. 1 man in defense; asked 
to dance with Deanna, and permit- 
ted both still and newsreel men to 
catch the dance floor gliding. 

Baltimore' used every political and 



Tony and Lana . 

Tony Martin took a plane from 
Hollywood Wednesday night, arrived 
at the ^official 'dinner, at 7:30, espe- 
cially to . See Lana Turner, But the, : 
schedules- were such, he : never" saw , 
her for a confidential word, until 
they started for New York on Fri- 
day. Newspapermen suspected there 
were- orders to keep the two stars 
apart and spent all evening trying 
to get the iowdown . on this romance 
—without much success. " . . j .- : 



Slap--Happy Chauffeur 
Preston Foster, who : arrived 'earjy. . 
to ride at Fort Myer, never got on a.-, 
horse, AH the saddles at. the reserva- ■';' 
tipn were military style, and he only 
felt safe on deep western, not avail* 
able, at the Fort. Sb ; Preston did the 
honors in white tie and : tails, 1 sat jri; 
the President's box. .Foster got an- 
other shock, when the police removed . 
his official birthday ball chauffeur 
from the. guest .automobile. . . Too 
much giggle water. His scheduie : was 
delayed 20 minutes until they found . 
a new pilot. , \ 



- . . Wayne Morris Nixed 

Wayne , Morris, who introduced 
himself at all parties as the 'least 
important'.: guest got himself plenty 
of publicity by enlisting in the Naval 
Reserve, At least he tried, biit was 
instructed to present himself at his 
home station In California. 



. Wanger's . Powwows with FDR 

Walter •. Wanger, United Artists 
producer, saw the. President three 
times during his Washington visit, 
and had a long conference with the 
Chief Executive by request,, on Fri- 
day, before leaving, for New Yprk. 

Andy Kelley's Chore 
After the President's Infantile 
Paralaysis broadcast, Steve Early, 
presidential secretary, called ' up 
Andy Kelley, entertainment chair- 
man and director of publicity, and ' 
invited him to make the introduc- : 
tories for the 50 guests present in 
the oval room. 



Goldwyn 

^Continued from page 5; 



pose all future measures of the com- 
pany and would take steps to insure 
his getting his demands, UA charged. 
The other Owners turned him down, 
and since that period he has harassed 
the management: of the company, UA . 
asserts. 

■The company, copying a. page put 
of Gbldwyn's complaint,- states that, 
the producer released false, malici- 
ous, and misleading statements to 
the press about it, and instead of 
UA having violated, the cbntract, it 
was Goldwyn who did so by ne- 
gotiating with Parariiount - and 
Warner . Bros. UA admits writing ; 
to Paramount oh Dec/ 26, 1939, and 
warning that company not to ; deal 
with Goldwyn, and also points out 
that after numerous rejections of 
the- profit-sharing 'Silverstorie .plan.- 
the -producer hardly had the right 
after his consistent opposition, to. 
expect to reap the 'benefits of the 
plan, conceived by Murray. Silver- 
stone, UA president. .:. 
', The company also asserts it , of? 
fered to, Goldwyn $54,000, accord- 
ing to the' plan's provisions, and 
points put . tha 'petty' demand for 
two months' interest was refused. 
. The company bias beep ' forced to 
expend large sums of money de- 
fending the suits . Goldwyn has. 
brought against it, it. is claimed, and 
the answer is ended: ..with a request 
for dismissal.. Goldwyn . seeks 
damages of $1,000,000 for-, alleged in- 
terference, with the distribution of 
•The Westerner,' and. asks the court 
to approve breaking of his 10-year 
distribution agreement with UA; 
which has until August, 1945, to run. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



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20 PICTURES 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



Barbary Coast In 



^Continued from page 1; 



though that's become an: .accepted 
Florida institution; plus the crfeim-; 
of-the-crop from Broad way. and Hol- 
ly wood. As result, it's a case. of. 
never-a-dull-moment but, at the 
same time, . the . town may be heading 1 
for a severe setback. 

There's na question but Miami and 
Miami Beach . are overbuilt. . There 
are so many new hotels it's denting . 
the established. vhostelrieSi. spreading 
the trade; thin, and also serving as a 
negative factor, in encouraging trade. 
There are sundry cracks going the 
rounds currently that ; 'maybe . Steve 
Hanriagah oversold the biirg,' because 
, seemingiy. it's chasing' the. patronage 
elsewhere; Either the American pub- 
lic is laboring -Under 'the delusion 
that hotel reservations are at a 
premium, rates. ;sky-high, prices pro-, 
hibitive and the gyp is oni: or they're 
, staying home. ' "■.'. ' . ■ ■ 

° Spirit of Defeatism: , . 

: it's reached the stage that the local 
big league dailies... are campaigning 
against, the spirit of .defeatism.. 
Things aren't as tough as publicized, 
they argue. For a spell, during, the 
January month, the local wits were 
supposedly standing on corners wait-, 
ing for sheriffs and attachments to 
troop in on this. ' that hostelry, 
nitery, eatery or casino'. . 

Many persist in the belief that 
should the war end In a year or two, 
and the big international liners re- 
sume their winter cruises,- it's bound 
to burst the Miami bubble.* Local ; 
realtors, bankers, etc., aren't blind; to 
this, but argue that whereas new. 
hotels were, wont to amortize their 
investments on a 25-30% annual 
basis, they're now; resigned • -to the 
long pull idea of perhaps only 10- 
12 % . That the ' banks will be left 
holding many a hotel is held in- 
evitable, none the less, should cruiser 
boat tourism resume its former stat- 
ure; (That water travel is consid- 
ered a great hazard by many, even 
on coastwise U. S. liners, is gleaned 
from Havana's downbeat this Winter 
when the dope was Cuba would clean 
up,, on the theory it was the nearest 
thing to a foreign* flavor. Merchants 
and hoteliers in Havana are squawk- 
ing that the little class trade that 
clippers over' from Miami to Havana 
isn't enough, to make up for the boat- 
loads that used to make the Cuban 
capital a periodic stopover). . 
;Early Hash Hart. 
What threw Miami off form was., 
the unprecedented late December 
rush oyer the holidays, ..That taxed: 
capacities, caused many spots to 
open ahead, of their usual post-Jan. 1 
schedules/ and gave end-December 
grosses an abnormal :.' Crossley. Re- 
action came in January. Biz is off, 
but bookings for February indicate a 
reversion to a good normal average. 

Meantime everyone . seems to 
be in accord to let themselves go 
in a common desire to make 1941 a. 
record season, Lesbos, strippers, 
raucous.^ nudists and panzes, are all 
over the place on the one extreme; 
and on the other the class casinos are, 
piling talent - upon talent to lure 
patronage. It's no longer necessary 
'■ to be discreet in the public prints 
when referring to which nitery has a 

. gaming adjunct. The only schism 
arises iwhen the Vrohg' mobs' clash, 
and then the cops get busy as in the 
case Of Slapsie Maxie's, which was. 
not a home-town syndicate. It cost 
Maxie Rosenbloom's establishment 

• '. its softest touch— rthe- casino— Which 

a was doing bullishly on the strength 

■ of the floprshpw's pull. 

Strange journalism 
Coincident with this wide-open 
attitude is a peculiar sidelight m 
American . journalism as it is prac 
tised hereabouts. The newspaper 
columnisis... in .the main, especially, 
those on the chatter and amusement 
aspects, ..' not only trade \ readers 
freely for. advertising, but many of 
them are known to be on payrolls 
" of niteries or hotels, or their press- 
agents..' There are some newsmen 
Who frankly work for private p.a.s 
as copywriters. In. New ; York it 
would be analagous to the Sun's 
Ward Morehouse perhaps : being oh 
Richard Maney's payroll : ;to grind 
out press copy;- or Alton Cook being 
on the press payroll of Earle Ferris. 
In Miami it's considered an accepted 
practice; just as Is the angle on. pay- 
rolling tin's or that byliner lor .' - 
tra' publicity: considerations. ' 

.The Broadway, Chi, Hollywood 
end other metropolitan newspaper- 
men who come back here regularly 
are at first nonplussed, but soon 
take the tropical manana attitude 
that, after all, it's .none of their af- 
fair; they're, here either for holiday 
or business, and if the latter it's . a 
case of hot meddling with what is 
seemingly' a time-honored Miami 
press-relations institution. 
From the more legit perspective, 



the. operators naturally take the idea 
that: : a : .floating, ... pleasure-seeking 
population doesn't Want its style 
cramped. They're in Florida to let 
themselves gb; ■'.' Whether it's gamb- 
ling or geeTgees, sunshine -or sin, 
rhumbas or- run?V; it's aU there, in 
eviery form, shape or manner.; ;■. : ;;; 
Marten's 4-Ply Draw 
- The class patronage can have , no 
argument with the, iour-ply draW. 
that Ben Marderi gives 'em at';his. 
new Colonial- Inn 'at Hallandaie,: 17 
miles from here. With • Sophie 
Tucker, Hairy Richman, V . Joe .^F; 
Lewis' and Paul Whiteman heading- 
.an Elaborate revue; or .the- ' : Art 
Childers entertainment at the Royal 
Palm where Milton Berle, Paul 
Haakon and Abe Lyman head a 
shoW which will be augmented this 
week by . the addition of Martha 
Raye. and next week by Tony Martin: 
oh top of everything. . '• •/ 
Prices almost all over town are 
*right*; i. e. -they're content to get 
'em into the establishment and then 
let nature takes its course via the 
gaming tables, which, these days, 
rival the best at the Riviera and 
north French coast spas of yester- 
year. Wheels, ; dice, . chuck-a^luck, 
chemin-de-fer, blackjack and prac- 
tically everything else is around the 
Corner all over toWril The. surprise 
is that many; of the most modest 
niteries have from two to five tab- 
les operating regularly. They - pop 
up in unexpected places. 
1 Geographically Miami and: Miami 
Beach are comparable to the Los 
Angeles-Beverly ' Hills, 'layouts-it's 
all over the map. • Thus a series; of 
neighborhood niteries have sprung 
up„ all doing well, and all clicking 
with their local casinos. It's chain- 
store gambling, well laid out find 
showmanly primed. 

As for the catch-penny trade, 
there's ., hardly ,.a ■ drugstore, hotel 
newsstand, stationery shop or. kindred 
stand, stationery shop. or. kindred 
counters where there isn't an assort- 
ment of slot-machines^, and counter- 
games (punchbOard, the .'26' dice 
game, mechanical craps, etc.) 

The' burg's as Wide open as Joe 
E. Brown's mouth and the. custom- 
er is as willing as a yokel in Holly- 
wood. ' 



PAR'S ROYAL, DETROIT, 
FINALLY OPERATING 



Film Tax Legislation 



^continued from page ft; 



Keeping the new Roy all Detroit. I 
closed since Christmas -rather than -f 
accede to early demands of the local j 
stagehands' union, Paramount' opened 
the. theatre Friday (31) foliowihg an 
agreement worked, out In New, York 
under Which maintenance is prov.ltf-: 
ed for all houses rather ;'. than Just 
this Onie.: Union had insisted that Par 
install a maintenance man ; • befo re 
^opening, circuit refusing to open in- 
stead. House is a nabfin the United 
Detroit string; - . 

Complications at the same time in- 
cluded demands of. the janitors* 
union for .recognition and a contract. 
This has been consistently refused, 
With result most of the Detroit thea- 
tres are still being picketed. . 

Pkr Takes Bovr<Brs* Shbjrt 

.Paramount' nas - closed a deal ; to 
release a short produced by William 
Bowers, an oldtimer in the film in- 
dustry. Short , is the first to com- 
bine real photography: and anima- 
tion,, plus comedy narration that 
goes along with • characterizations of 
animals, actually cameraed, which 
are given voice. 

It is called 'Down on the Farm' 
and' 1 possibly a . series will stem 
from ii. ':■.:*. ■. '*.'■ "" 



Academy Entries 



;Contbrae4 from, pare 4; 



Rivals for 'Tolls' 



;Continu6d from, page 2; 



fabs with Russell Holman, company's 
eastern production, rep, oh the Hem- 
ingway story, assignment. She's 
particularly anxious for. it and has 
offered to make financial concessions 
to get it, it is understood. Her -last 
film was 'Dramatic School' for Metro 
in 1938. ' 

: Miss Rairier also huddled with 
Dave Rose, Par's British production 
head, before he left for England 
several weeks ago. Arrangement, 
it is reported, is that after he ascer- 
tains the situation abroad . he will 
attempt to cast her, but she will go 
across on her own, not Par's re- 
sponsibility. She already has ex- 
pressed her willingness to go to Eng- 
land for a Par film; ' 

Top price of $150,000 payable by- 
Paramount for screen rights to Ern- 
est . Hemingway's . 'For Whom the 
Bell - Tolls' under a sliding scale 
agreement has been, assured. Print 
order has now been placed ; by the 
publishers, Scribner's, to pass the 
500,000 copies mark, which is the top 
under the Par .contract. 
. Par's arrangement Was $100,000 
cash plus 10c for each volume sold. 
■Sold' has been , construed to _ mean 
sold by the wholesaler- to ' the : re- 
tailer; as it .Was figured impossible 
to determine hoW many copies were 
actually purchased , by ^ readers 
through the thousands of booksellers, 
drug stores and other spots Which 
handle books. '•" Only the $2.75 edition 
•is, counted:.. Y. /' - : 

Print , order, of course, does not 
mean .that Par's top price, has been 
reached under . the contract terms, 
but is assumed to assure it. Scrib- 
ner's and par made it doubly likely 
by cooperatively launching with full- 
page ads in Sunday papers a tre- 
mendous promotional drive for the 
book. ' Publisher has set a 1,000,000- 
copy quota,; although Par is .not 
counting on more than 700,000 sales, 
which is tremendous in itself. 



/,. DeMille to Direct? 

Hollywood, Feb. 4. ; ; 
Ernest Hemingway's best seller, 
'For Whom the Bell Tolls/; may be 
assigned to Cecil B. De Mille, ; whose 
■Writers are working -on the screen 
play. Frank Capra Is another con- 
tender. 

'. Gary Cooper has the top role and 
Betty Field is also taking tests for 
the lemiiie lead. 



lice,' Paramount; 'Down Argentine 
Way,' 20th-Fox; Northwest Passage,' 
Metro; 'The Thief of . Bagdad,' Alex- 
ander Korda and United Artists.. 

Director of photography from ail 
studios; will make the. final selections. 
From Tin Pan Alley : /-' 
Nine songs used in pictures- 17 
original music scores and nine scores 
'without regard to the source of the 
music', have been entered in the com 
petition. 

Ditties are: 'It's, a Blue World*' 
from 'Music in My Heart,' Columbia; 
•When You Wish Upon a Star,' from 
'Pinocchio,* Walt Disney; 'Our Love 
Affair,' irom 'Strike Up the Band,' 
Metro; :Orily Forever,' from 'Rhythm 
On the Range,' • Paramount; 'Would 
You Like to Be the Love of My Life? 
from 'Second Chorus;'. Paramount; 
'Who. Am I?' from 'Hit Parade of 
1941,' Republic; Td KnowYoii Any- 
where,' from 'Youll Find Out,' RKO; 
•Argentina,' from 'Down. ; Argentine 
Way,* 20th-Fox; ^Waltzing in the 
Clouds/ from 'Spring Parade/ Uni- 
versal. 

Original scotes: are: 'Arizona/ Co 
lumbia; Tinocchio/ Wait Disney; 
"Thief of Bagdad/ Alexander Korda- 
United Artists; 'Our Town/ Sol 
Lesser-United Artists; The Howards 
.of Virginia/. Frank Lloyd-Columbia; 
'Waterloo Bridge/ Metro; 'The Great 
Dictator/ Chaplin-United Artists; 
'North West Mounted Police/ Par- 
mount; 'Dark Command/ Republic; 
'My Favorite Wife/ RKO; 'l.OOO.flOO 
B; C./ Roach-United Artists; 'Re- 
becca/ Selznick-United Artists; 'The 
Mark ol Zorro/ 20th-Fox; "The Fight 
'for Life/ Columbia; 'The House of 
Seven Gables/, Universal; 'The Long 
Voyage Home/ Wahger-United. Art- 
ists;' 'The Letter/ Warners. 

Scores, regardless of the source of 
the music,: are: 'Arise My Love''/ Par- 
amount; 'Strike Up the Band/ Metro; 
'Second Chorus/ National Pictures- 
Paramount; '6ur Town/ Lesser- 
United Artists; 'Hit Parade of 1941/ 
Republic; 'Irene/. RKO; ' /Tin . Pan 
Alley/. 20th-Fox; 'Spring Parade/ 
Universal; :-The ; Sea ilawk/ Warners. 

■ Editors Make TBelr Bid 

'." Nominated for achievement irr film 
editing -are: 'Grapes of Wtath/ 20th-! 
Fox; 'The tetter/ Warners; "Long 
Voyage Home/ Wanger-United Art- 
ists; 'North West Mounted . Police/ 
Paramount; ^Rebecca/ Selznick-.Uhit- 
ed Artists. : . : ^ ' 
V Special Academy awards will lie 
given for the; best still photographs 
in each .of - the following seven classi- 
fication: ,.:;"' . •' . .. '• ' .. 

For the. best posed portrait, male 
or female, made With artificial light; 
for the best action portrait, male or 
female; for the, best posed production 
still photograph made with, an 8 by 
10 camera; for the best action still 
photograph made with a 4 by 5 cam- 
era; for the most unique still photo- 
graphic idea; for the .best: fashion 
still photograph. All exhibition prints 
must be from negatives made: during 
the filming of motion pictures be- 
tween March 1, 1940, and March 1, 
1941,; and must have- been the coin- 
plete laboratory service of a motion 
picture studio still department. 



islator threatens to put- up a chain 
store bill; A straight sales tax meas- 
ure also has been introduced. This 
has been up before and defeated. .; 
These States Need Beyeiide : ': 

Because tho Arizona governor 
has : recommended raising the ; old 
age pension from. $30 to $40 per 
month, additional revenue must be 
obtained in. that state. : A 2% privi- 
lege tax £p all lines 6f : business is 
up. Also another measure repealing 
the present 'sales tax; ■ V' 

Arkansas has a concurrent reso- 
lution lifting o\i age pensions from 
$20' to . $30, which means additional 
revnue-raisihg measures. :': California 
has a measure requiring the licens- 
ing arid regulation of agents for film 
players. Legislature, there is about 
to recess. 

Colorado would place a '2%, sales 
tax oh theatre admissions, while an- 
other colon in this state things . the 
laW should be' repealed. ' Another 
bill would lift the 2% levy on food 
and milk but keep it on other goods, 
including admissions. Another meas- 
ure would exempt admissions up to 
15c. Stat* «lsb has an anti-ASCAP 
proposal; . . . . 

Old age pensions would be in*'' 
creased |10 per month, in Indiana, 
which also is reported seeking a lit- 
tle -Wagner . labor act.- Both ' are 
viewed as expensive propositions 
for the film business. In - Iowa 4 
new state building code is sought 
With, proper exits to projection 
booths specified.. 

The proposal, which was defeated 
two years ago« whereby, films would 
be classified for children "under 16 
years- of age, has been re-introduced 
in Maryland. , This state also would 
censor all motion pictures shown by 
jukebbx machines. : 

A bill liberalizing the blue laws 
is being groomed for introduction 
into the Massachusetts state legisla- 
ture. Another .would liberalize regu- 
lations on beano and bingo games. 
A third would prohibit so-called 
games of chance, while still another 
seeks to tax receipts obtained when 
such, contests are employed. There 
also are proposals coming up, which 
would bar dog racing and pari- 
mutuels. Another measure would 
•force every show to close with the 
playing of the 'Star-Spangled Ban- 
ner.* 

Michigan thus far only has come 
out with an anti-ASCAP. measure. 
Montana is proposing a 2% sales tax 
which, would include admissions. 

Pro and Con on Daylight Time 

New Hampshire has a proposition 
calling for the abolishment of Day- 
light Savings time, while Wisconsin 
wants to repeal the statute prohibit- 
ing Daylight Savings so that the. 
state ; could install Daylight time. 
Exhibitors naturally are against re- 
pealing the statute because they've 
never Wanted Daylight time. : NeW 
Hampshire also would shift Sunday 
openings so that theatres could open 
the doors at 3-p.m. Instead of 6*p.m. 
Legislators in this state also would- 
legalize dog racing and license slot 
machines. 

State supreme court In New 
Mexico has held bank , nights to be 
illegal and a new bill would legal- 
ize them. Governor of Oklahoma 
has recommended ..a 5% admission 
tax. : 

A measure is up in the Pennsyl- 
vania state legislature, which would 
license theatres running so-called 
games of . chance. This would tax 
exhibits in towns ; of . .3,000 : or less 
$B0O per year; those, 'betweeh . 3,000 
and 10,000 popuiation, $1,200, and 
larger than 10,000 at $1,600 - a year. 
Under /the proposal; . .15% of the 
prize rnoney would go to the state. 

South; Dakota; would reduce : its' 
3% sales tax -to 2%, governor of the 
;stBte . hayihg advocated this move. 
However, so far the reduction has 
not been made applicable to amuse- 
ments. The goyeri^br of Wyoming 
has advocated the repeal, of the. 2% 
sales tax. ; \ 

Besides the Divorcernent' Bill up 
in Congress, theatre ' ;c^vorcement 
proposals also: have been introduced 
in Nebraska and Minnesota. Cen- 
sorship proposal in Arizona is rated 
as a costly affair if it is interpreted 
as meaning that every 1,000 feet film 
would be assessed $6. Bili.now reads 
that no more than. $6 per l,0Wi- feet 
Will' be charged. Industry naturally 
,will contest such a severe assess- 
ment 

- Kansas ; state censorship board has 
announced that it will charge only 
50c per 1,000 feet for features and 
comedy subjects, retaining the: old 
rate of 25c for educational, cartoon 
and scenic . subjects. New rate be- 
came effective Feb. 1 and. was made 



because the board had a surplus on 
hand. It will continue: until the sUr- . 
plus has been dissolved. ; 



Nebraska Rapt ■ ■ 

'.' Lincoln, Neb.,: Feb. 4. 
Two raps hit the film industry in.; 
legislation here,, both of them au- 
thored t by Sen. E. M. Neubauer, of . 
Orleans, • Neb.,, an industry -baiter; 
from previous sessions. ' 

; • Legislative. Bill No. 115; : first of- . 
fered,' seeks to place a tax of one 
cent bh each 10c worth of amuse- 
ment tickets, or fraction of same, 
the retMrns to be . paid the . state 
treasurer, who will credit the ' 
come to relief funds. 

Second; bill into, the hopper 
quires distributors . of . motion . pic- 
tures to secure; a permit from the . 
railway commission to'.carry on their 
business,- pay an anhual fee of $1,000 
for the privilege, of . doing business, . 
plus $1 for each reel distributed in 
Nebraska; ; ::'}■: ' 

Neubauer's first bill Is hew to the 
solons, but the second is ancient 
history. An exact duplicate of it Was 
pigeonholed in committee hearing in 
the session two yeats ago. . 

Not: in yet, but rumOred on the 
way, is ,a bill which will slap the; 
American Society of Composers, Au- 
thors and . Publishers— In a slightly 
different . way than, the 1937 anti^ 
ASCAP law passage which is now 
going through V. S v Supreme court. 
This new act, being framed, is after 
• piece of the ASCAP — collected 
money for Nebraska licenses via tax- 
ing that income. 

■ ■ New^Texaa. Tai . Proposal 

Austin, Texas, . Feb. 4. . ; 
- A proposal to raise additional taxes 
on places of amusement was pre- : 
sented to the state legislature, in his 
first message to the body 1 by Gov- 
ernor W.: Lee 0*Daniel here last 
week. 

; In his ; proposal. Gov. O'Daniel 
plans ; to make every amusement 
place which charges admissions to 
file . with the state comptroller of 
public accounts a quarterly report 
on the 25th days of Jan., April, July 
and Oct., for the. quarter ending on 
the last day of the preceding month; 
the report shall show the gross 
amount received for admissions and 
a Vh% tax shall be paid on the 
gross receipts. This tax is to be . in 
addition to and not in lieu of any 
other taxes -now levied by state or. 
national law. 



Carmen Amaya 



^^^Contlnued from page \ wm ^^ 

her third, the gross was still mount- 
ing. 

She has still the current week, 
(fourth) to run on her contract With 
the spot, and Proser is currently ne- 
gotiating for an extension of the 
QeaL . William Morris office. Which: 
is agenting the dancer for Sol Hurok, ' 
who brought her up from South 
America, is said to. be asking $3,000 
a week, with Proser offering, as a 
compromise, a ' full split over the 
Beachcomber's operating nut. . 
: Hurok originally brought the . 
Amaya gal and her troupe of 16 
(mostly non-performing relatives) to . 
the U. S. for the Shuberts-Olsen arid 
Johnson 'Crazy House' revue, which . 
last week Was temporarily called 
off. Prior to that, however, the 
Shuberts decided : that Senorita 
Amaya would be a conflictiori With 
Carmen Miranda, set for the shoW, 
and asked Hurok to peddle the 
dancer elsewhere arid relieve them 
of a commitment calling for $2,500 
weekly. The Beachcomber date . re- 
sulted, and the spot has been draW- 
irig an entirely neW; South American 
and Spanish clientele, devotees of ' 
the . type of dancing: seldom . seen 
north . of the Rio Grande or west of 
Madrid.. ■■ : \:- . 

An idea' of Senorito Arflaya's im-'. 
pbrtance in ^. A. can be 'gleaned;. . 
from the fact that Carmen Miranda 
worked under : the dancer's . super - 
vision in shows there. ' ; 

' The- success of the dancer's book- 
ing at the Beachcomber; according 
to Proser, beers out his contention; 
that the nitery business is ,: not . 
racket but a legitimate part of show, 
business, where shoWmahship pays 
diyiderids^ and. lack of it, call's for the 
sheriff. To. further . bear' this ' but, 
Proser points to his classier east side 
Cop'acabana, where a $40,000 refurb- 
ishing of a long-tirhe White elephant 
(it was once, the .Villa (Rudy) Val- 
lee), plus neat shows in the South 
American manner, ; iodk ; like they 
will mean net profit of at least 
$100,000 in the first year of opera- 
tion. ■' 



Wednesday* February 5, 1941 




Stoning 



tt "Dark Victory" 



of "Gon» VWtfc Tito VVW' 

JEFFREY LYNN 

of "AM Jhh, And Hoovon Too" 



> . of "Tho totfor" ■'• ;, 
Moha Marls • Jonathan Hale 
oiric».d by VINCENT SHERMAN 

: SOmr Play by tarry Trlvar* 

From • Story by Anthony Borkafay 
A Wamar Bre*.. fint National Pletura 




22 PICTURES 



VARIETY 



Wednesday February 5, 1941 



Theatres— Exchanges 



-Continued from page »; 



new 1,000-seater in Decatur, IU.,- to 
cost between $125;000 and $15Q>00d. 

The Preston, a new 500-seater built 
by May : and Kenneth; Preston^.in 
Saletri, Mo.; ■ to start - operation sodVi; 
J, E. Goshen, owner of the Uptown,, 
Sedalia, Mo., has let a' -contract/ for, 
a new house to be. erected in Way- 
nesville, Mo. A new house,.- one of 
the largest in the Ozark mountain: 
region, will be built. -at Rpliav Mo., 
because of the establishment of; a 
huge. army, training camp. F. L. 
Loew, of the . Star Theatre ...Cq , .. is 
erecting a new 500-seater in Leban- 
on, MO; 



Cohns' Nephew in Army 

• Albany, Feb. 4. 

Morris Cohn, salesman for Co- 
lumbia the past six years, becajne the 
first, man in the local film colony to 
enter the army under the draft law. 

Cohn a nephew of Jack and Harry 
Cohn, was sent to Fort Dix, .New 
Jersey. . •-" ' 

Dayton House Underway 

. Dayton, Feb. 4. 
.. Ground has been, broken for a 
new neighborhood house, the Davue, 
• 900-seater in the Dayton View resi- 
dential district, permit calling for 
Construction cost of $80,000. 

The Morrie White interests,. Cin- 
cinnati, will build arid operate.. Col. 
Ike Libsom also is interested. Ex- 
pect to open June 1. 



Lloyd Rejoins Goldberg 

San Frandisco; Feb. 4. 

Roland Lloyd ' has joined Aaron 
Goldberg's circuit as chief booker. 

Gary. Girdler, nephew of the steel 
Girdlers, has. quit his job as door- 
man at. Newsreel theatre to go into 
biz for himself. Opens a flower shop. 

Offices of Golden State Theatres, 
San Francisco Theatres, Inc., and 
T&D Jr. Enterprises, representing 
about 85 theatres, moved entire sec- 
ond' floor of the Western States Life 
Bldg. 

Fred Curtice, former, assistant at 
the Uptown, has been upped to as- 
sistant to Ray ,Coper, S. F. division 
chief for Golden State and San Fran- 
cisco Theatres, handling 19 houses. 

Ty Winkel has sold his Piedmont, 
Oakland, to Gerald Hardy, who 
operates the. Hardy and Fulton In 
Fresno. Winkel retains the Star, 
subsequent run: 

Jess Levin's Avenue theatre, gutted 
by fire several months back, re- 
opened this week after overhaul. 



is stepping aside this year on account 
of other business demands. 

.Gordon Kinsey has been upped 
from chief of service to the assistant 
managership of the Fuiton theatre, 
succeeding. Raymond > Tiu.boy,- just 
transferred to the Shea house in A$h r 
tabula; O, Wallace Held, formerly of 
Fulton staff, is new assistant to Man- 
nie Greenwald, manager of • indie 
Barry. .. \ . 

Emma Jarabin, assistant booker at 
WB exchange.V retired at end of last 
week to go domestic. : She's been 
succeeded by Nellie Reinstein, who. 
moves, up from a clerk's berth. Fred 
Myers, former Par salesman here and 
until- recently a New York state field 
man for same company, is going to 
California to make his future home. 

Briefles: Mike Marks, of Oil City's 
Latonia theatre, who has been ailing 
for several weeks, is on the mend. . 
Norman- Frescott now the; road 
for Johnny Harris, doing special .ad- 
vance work for 'Icecapades' : . . Dor- 
othy Goldstein, of Par office, back 
from Florida vacation . . . Al Corbett, 
local artist and formerly with Re- 
public"""here, has presented his old 
boss, Jim Alexander, with a big oil 
painting of Gene Ajutry and his' 
horse, Champ... Sabu around for a 
few days with the UA' gang drum- 
ming up interest in Thief of Bagdad.' 



.former Dipson-Basil holdings in west- 
ern New York; Dipson also plans 
opening a new 400-seat nabe early 
in July located in Amherst, just be- 
yond the Buffalo city line, 

The Del Rio, Falconer/ reopened. 
Amos Leonard is now iii charge of 
Syracuse " . territory for .Monogram. 
Jacob . Lavene, owner of the Acad- 
emy and former Chief Barker of 
Buffalo Variety ' Club, is again .in the 
General Hospital, due to continuance 
of illness which has had him inactive 
for. over a year. ■/-•■•'■. 

: jerry Lippbld, who ' resigned as 
member of Buffalo Universal office 
staff, how associated • with William 
Fried in operation of Long Island 
theatres. He is succeeded here by 
William MaierV The Allendale, op- 
erated for many years by the 
Michaels Estate, purchased and now 
operated by Irving Cohen, of Hor- 
nell. 

Nicholas Basil, of Basil Circuit, 
announces the opening . Feb. . 1 of 
the new Basil Apollo on the site of 
; ttie old Liberty, House seats 850. 
'Harris Lumberg, manager of Shea's 
(Par.) Bellevue, Niagara . Falls, for 
the past five years, is being/ suc- 
ceeded by Walter Leffler, formerly 
with the Shea publicity department 
and recently assistant manager of 
the Bellevue. •. 

Colonial, former 1> tile Huxford, 
Skaneateles, has reopened under' the 
management of Reuben Cantor.. 



FILM BOOKING CHART 



(For in/orroritipn -of theatre and film exchange .bookers Variety presents 
a complete chart of feature releases of all the- American .distributing com- 
panies for the current quarterly period. . Date of reviews as o'iuen in 
Variety and the running time of prints; are included.) 

COPYRIGHT, 1940. BY VARIETY. INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 

Key to Type . Abbrev»ofions; M— Melodrama; C— Comedy; CD— Comedy 

Drama; W— Western; D— Drama; RD—Rc4n>inttc Drama;. MU— Musical. 
. Ficures herewith indicates date of \ Variety's review and running time. 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 12/ 13/40 



Lata Handling Pitt Tent's Banquet 

Pittsburgh, Feb. 4. 
C. J. Latta, assistant zone manager 
for WB here and recently retired 
chief barker of the Variety Club, will 
serve as general chairman for the 
1941 banquet of Tent No. 1 this fall. 
He .succeeds John H. Harris, who has 
personally looked after every one of 
the 13 shindigs in the past, but who 



Lons/s Arlsona Expansion 

Los Angeles, Feb. 4. 
Louis" Long, operator of chain of 
fllmefies in Arizona* took over three 
theatres in that state from Bill Cox, 
Houses are the Paramount and Chief, 
in Casa Grande, and - the Cotton 
Bowl in Westville. 

. J. S. Slate turned over the opera- 
tion of the Wisteria in Sierra Madre, 
'Gal., to Harry Gerlinger, but re- 
tained ownership of the building; 

Ben Mohi opened his new Picfair 
theatre in L, A. on a subsequent run 
basis. 



Keongn In Buffalo 

Buffalo, Feb. 4. 

Austin Keough, Paramount legal 
head and v.p„ in town for one day 
last week for Instructions to local 
sales force as to procedure under the 
consent decree. 

Olympic theatre, North Collins, 
previously operated by Burton W. 
Pratt, has been taken over by H. 
Knopf, formerly general manager of 
Sol Raives circuit 

Matthew Konczakowski is reopen- 
ing his Marlowe, which has been 
closed since, early fall undergoing 
■remodeling and renovation.' 
: John Magrier, who recently under- 
went a serious eye operation, has re- 
turned to his job as assistant man- 
ager at Shea's Hipp. 

A new. corporation, Dipson Thea- 
tres, Inc., has been formed to take 
oyer the former D. & B.. Operating 
Co.; also a new Dipson Realty Co. 
will replace the former Dipson-Basil 
Theatres, Inc. These changes are an- 
nounced by Nikitas Dipson as nec- 
essitated by . the severance of the 



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"VIRGINIA" 
In Technicolor 

with 
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CARROLL 
A Paramuiult Pie. 
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and Hi* Band 

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BEG. FRIDAY, JAN. 7 

"MQKETKOQR FOE THEEE" 

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Aim SHEBLDAH • Geo. BBENT 

■'. • A N'ew Warner - Broa. Hit - . 
DIBBCTKD BY "-LLOYD BACON 

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EAT HQBtE and His Orch. 
Extra I Have You Met YVETTE? 
S T E A N D BVay & 47th St. 



MUSIC HALL 




Admish Scales 



;C'bBtlnded from pace 3; 




Pride of the Bowery (Mono) 1/29 D «U 

Comrade X (M-G) 12/11 M M) 

Texas Bangers Ride Acaln ( Par) . ll/« WD 67 

Mysterious Dr. SaUn (Rep) 11/20 . M 

Murder Over New York (20th) - . 12/4 M 65 

Trail of the VlglUntrs (U) 12/11 W M 



L. Gorcey-B. Jordan 
C. Gable-H. Lamarr 
J. Howard-E. Drew 

E. ClannelU-R. WUcoa 
S. Toler-M. Weaver 

F. Tone-B. Crawford 



WEEK OF BELEASE— 12/20 /40 



Phantom Submarine -(Col) . . M 

Her First Romance (Mono) . D 

No. No, Nanette (RKO) 12/23 MU 

Behind the News (Rep) 12/25 D 

Lone Star Balder (Rep) 12/W W 

Jennie (2Mh) . : r CD 

Give Us Wines (V) 11/ 13 . M 

Ben Comet Navy (WB) (reins*) . 1/24/34 D 



17 
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7t 

57 
1» 

«e 

M 



A. Loulse-B. Brand 
E. Fellows-W. Evans . 

A. Neaele-R. Carlson 
L. Nolan*b. Davenport 

B. Livlneston-B. steel* 
' V. MlUer-D. Bowdon 
W. Ford-V. Jory 

J, Catney-P. O'Brien 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 12/27/40 



Spectacular Stags Production* 



several films during the past year, 
else the average . would have been 
still lower. Also many theatres cut 
prices the last six months of 1940, 
due to increased .taxation, some drop- 
ping to the exempted 20c ; figure. 
From 1924 until 1926 , there was 
the silent picture business until 27c 
was the average , price in' 1926. ' Two 
years later it had advanced to 29c. 
Talkers' Advent a Hypo . 
Just when a decline, in the film 
theatre price level: would have been 
natural, talking pictures entered the 
scene. The result was that in 1929- 
30, the average climbed further to 
31c. Fact that many 20c. theatres 
were able to boost their admittance 
fee to 50c. for a while is responsible 
for this material upbeat By 1931, 
admission scales . had dipped back 
nearer normal, with the average de- 
clining to 28c. The average dipped 
further in 1932 to 26c. 

Where there might have been a. 
substantial drop . in admission prices 
in 1930 because retail prices were 
going down- fast that year and for 
two years following, the newness 
and novelty, of talking pictures 
helped cushion the decline. Result 
was that even in 1935, the average 
price had only gone to 25c. . This 
figure also had prevailed most of 
1934 and 1933. 

Shortly after that the period of 
unbridled competition began, ^with 
bargain matinees,' family . . nights', 
games and giveaways. This era of 
fierce, competitive bidding' for 
patronage continued, and . became 
even; more widespread from 1936 to 
1940, with the 23c. average price, 
reached early in 1936, continuing for 
four years. 

Besides the open bids for boosting 
attendance by means of baTgain 
shows and family dates, the popu- 
larity of games and giveaways was 
reflected in admission scales even of 
theatres which failed to go for these 
freak stunts. Thus the exhibitor, 
who preferred to attract patrons 
solely on the merit of his screen at- 
tractions and failed to install games 
as did his competitor retaliated 
by cutting hi&> admittance fee. 

Price-Gutting ysi Games 
Inability of exhibitors to agree on 
a uniform scale voluntarily has fur- 
ther .split the admission scale ayerr 
age wide open even under' improved 
economic conditions of recent years. 
Courts have ruled against distribu- 
tors, or exhibitors fixing any admis- 
sion price agreement and the volun- 
tary . method has not worked out 
even when attempted. Nevertheless, 
a vast period . of national prosperity 
now in prospect in the . next 16 
months may conceivably . produce a 
rise above the 23c. average level 
despite this wide-open competition 
' National average price was figured 
by theatre according to daily re 
ceipts • and attendance .. and : not ac- 
cording to the fluctuating scale be 
cause rated as the most fair method. 
Thus a big de luxe house might be 
tabbed as . a v 75c. theatre - although 
charging 40c. early in the day, later 
73c. and finally 99c. or higher at the 
peak night hour. Early bird mati' 
nees and the 10c. scale for children 
at many theatres are responsible for 
dragging down the whole price 
structure .to such a low average 
Only fair picture of how the price 
level is fluctuating is obtained by 
comparison of total revenue col- 
lected with the ' number of. paying 
patrons. ^ • '•. ' 



Arlsona (Col) 11/20 WD 

The Wildcat of Tucson. (Col) . W 

KeeDlne Company (M-G) 1/4 C 

Rolllne Home to Texas (Mono) . W 

Love Thy Nelehbor (Par) 12/25 C 

North West Mounted Police (Par) 10/23 D 

Kitty Foyle (RKO) 12/U . ' D 

Bo#ery Boy (Rep) 1/4 .. D 

Chad Hanna (20th) 12/18 .\.'":-B- ' 

The Divisible Woman (U) 14 M 

Thief of Baedad (UA) 10/14 . - D 

Santa Fe Trail (WB) 12/lft : W 

North West Mounted PolUe (Par) 10/23 M 



125 

7» 
tii 
81 
125 
W 
71 



J. 
B 
A 

T, 
J. 
G, 
G. 
D.: 
•'88 . H. 
70 J. 
105 C, 
110 E. 
G. 



Arthur- W.Hoiden ' 
EUlott-E. Yoiine 
. Rutherford- J. Shelton ■ 
Rltter ' 

Benny-M. Martin 
, Cooper-M. Carroll. 
,.* ogers-D. Morgan 
O'Keefe-L. Campbell 
FOiida-L. Darnell 
Barry more- J. Howard 
Veldt-J. Duprez 
FIynnrO. de Havilland 
Cooper-M. Carroll 



WEEK- OF BELEASE— 1/3/41 



This Thine; CaUed Love (Col) 12/25 C 92 

Flight Command 4M-G) 12/18 W 113 

Trail of the SUver Spurs (Mono)^ 1/22 W M 

Second Chorus, (Par) 12/4 ■ .' - MU 84 

Convoy (RKO) 6/2C M 99 

Hudson's Bay (20th) 12/25 : D 94 

Lucky Devlin (U) M 

Where Did You Get That Girl? (U) C 64 

Son of Monte Crlsto (CA) 12/4 D 102 

Four Mothers (WB) 1/15 p , 87. 



R. Russell-M. Douglas . 
R. Taylor-R. Hussey 
R. Corrlgan-M. Terhune 
F. Astaire-P. Goddard 
C. Brook- J. Campbell 
P. Miinl-G. Tlerney 
R. Arlen-A. Devlne 
H. Parrlsh-E. Qulllan 
L, Hayward-J. Bennett 
Lane Sisters-C. Rains 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 1/10/41 



Pinto Kid (Col) 2/5, W «tf 

Malsle Was a Lady (M-G) 1/15 C : 76 

Doomed Caravan (Par) 1/8 w wu 

Wyoming WUdcat (Rep) W 

Little Men (RKO) 12/4 D W 

M. Shayne, Private Detective (20th) 12,-25 D 77 

San Francisco Docks (U) 1/4 - D 05 

Bobs of Bullion City (U) W 

Case of the Black Parrot (WB) 1/15 M 60 



C. Starrett-L. Currle 

A. Sothern-L. Ayres 
W. Boyd-R. Hayden 

D. Barry- J. Duncan ■ -. 
K. Francls-J. Oakie 
L. Nolan-M.- Weaver 

B. Meredlth-I. Hervey 
J. Brown-F. Knight . 

. W. Lundlgah-M. Wrlxon 



WEEK OF RELEASE-^1/17/41 



The Face Behind the Mask (Col) D 

Philadelphia Story (M-G) 11/27 D 111 

You're Out of Luck (Mono) . . D .62 

Victory (Par) 12/18 D 77 

Let's Make Music (RKO) 12/12 MU 82 

Roblnhood of the Pecos 'Rep) 1/13 W .59 

Romance of the Bin Grande (20th) 1/4 - W. 73 

Six Lessons from Madame LaZonga (V) C 

Honeymoon for Three (WB) C IS 



P. Lorre-E. Reyes • 
K. Hepburn-C. Grant 
T. Darro 

F. March-B. Field 

B. Crosby-E. Risdon . 
R. Rof ers-M. Reynolds ' 

C. Romero-P. Mori son ' 
L. Velet-H. Parrlsh 

G. Brent-J. Wymaa 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 1/24/41 



Land of Liberty (M-G) 1/13 D 

The Wild Man of Borneo (M-G) CD 

Life With Henry (Par) 1/22 C 

The Saint In Palm Springs (RKO) 1/8 D 

Road Show (UA) '. . C 

Tan, Dark and Handsome (24th) . 1/22 M 

RldbV on a Rainbow (Rep) 1/29 VV 

High Sierra (WB) 1/22 D 



98 



«5 

. 77 
79 
.100 



AU-Star Cast . 

F. Morgan-B.Burke 
J. Cooper-L. Ernst 

G. Sanders- W/Barrle 
C. LahdU-A. Menjou 
C. Romero-M. Berle ■ 

G. Autry-S. Burnett. . 

H. Bogart-1. Lupino 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 1/31/41 



Come Live with Me (M-G) 1/22 
Kid's Last Ride (Mono) 
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (RKO) 1/22 
Arkansas Judge (Rep) , 
Petticoat Politics (Ren) 
Girl In the News (20th) 1/4 
Buck Privates (U) 2/5 
Father's Soii (WB) 



C 86 J. Stewart-H. Lamarr 

W . R. Corrlgan-J. King 

C 90 C.Lombard-R.Montgomery 

C 72 Weaver Bros. St Elvlry \ 
C R. Karns-R. Donnelly 

D 77 M. Lockwood-E. Williams ., 

C oz Andrews Sis-Abbott-CosteUo 
D . J. Lltel-F. Inescort 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 2/7/41 



The Devil Commands (Col) M 

Blonde Inspiration (M-G) D 

Rldm* the Cherokee Trail (Mono) W 

You're the One. (Par) 2/5 C 

Along the Rio Grande (RKO) 1/29 W 

Ride, Kelly. Ride (20th) C 

Back Street (U) D 

Flight From DesUny (WB) 1/4' ; D 



79 
66 



73 



B. Karlotr-A. Duff 
J. Shelton- V. Grey 
T. Rltter-B. Miles . 
O. Tucker-B. Baker 
T. Holt-B. Rhodes 

E. PaUette-R. Qulgley : 

C. Boyer-M. Sullavan 
T. Mitchell-J. Lynn . 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 2/14/41 



Across the Sierras (Col) 
Trial of Mary Dugan (M-G) 
The Mad Doctor (Par) 
Play Girl (RKO) 12/18 
Bad Man from Rio (Rep) 
Golden; Hoofs (20rh) 
Prairie Pioneers (Rep) 
Meet the Chump (U) ; 
Kisses for Breakfast (WB) 



W B.EUlott-L. Walters : 
D R, Young^L. Day 

. D . J. HowaxdrE. Drew .. 

RD 76 K. Francls-J. Ellison . 
W D. Barry- V. Carroll •. 

, D J. Withers-C. Rogers 

W - B. Steele-B. Livingston 

C - . H. Herbert-A. Nagel 

; C ',- "D. Morgah-S. Ross 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 2/21/41 



Adam Had Four Sons (Col) D 

Meet Boston Blackle (Col) D 
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary. (M-G) C 

VlrglnU (Par) 1/13 v * v RD 

Scattergood Baines (RKO) • C 

Western Union (20th) 2/5 D 

Nice Girl (U) c 

Strawberry- Blonde (WB) . CD 



W. Baxter-I. Bergman . 

C. Morrls-R. Hudson . 
M. Rooney-L. Stone : 

107 : M. CarroU-F. MacMurray 

G. Kibbee-E. Dunn . ., 
93 r. Young-R. Scott 

D. Durbin-F. Tone 

O. DeHavUIand-J. Cagney 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 2/28/41 



Blond le Goes Latin (Col) : c 

Outlaws of the Panhandle (Col) W 

Free and Easy (M-G) c 

In Old Colorado (Par) ■ . W 

Cituten Kane (RKO) : d 

Scotland Yard (20tb) - D 

Dark Streets of Cairo (U) . 12/4 M 



P. Singleton- A. Lake • 
C. Starrett-F. Robinson 
R. Cummlngs-R. Husse- : 
W. Boyd-R. Hayden 
O. Welles-J. Gotten 
~N. Kelly-H. WUcoxon 
>9 s. Gurle-R. Byrd 



WEEK OF RELEASE— 3/7/41 



Rage In Heaven (M-G) 

The Hard-Boiled Canary (Par) 

A Girl, a Guy and a Gob (RKO) 

Tobacco Road (20th) 

Mr. Dypamlte (U) . 



» R. Montgomery-I. Bergman 

D A. Jones-S. Foster 

C G. Murphy-L. Ball 

D G. Tlerney-C. Grapewln 

D L. Nolan-I. Hervey 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 




New Duals Test 

—t continued from page 7; 



recently polled ; Its patrons at the 
American in the Bronx, N. Y., as to 
whether , they preferred the. top pic- 
ture at.l9-'br\-9':30».,-P«Vons',at;.this". 
house favored this policy by a small 
majority and It Is In effect there. 
They also wanted , duals retained— 
a question on which they were also 
polled— and bank night was also .fa- : . 
voredJ '.- " • ■ • 

' Loew> will start its;No. 1 feature 

. at 9 p>m. or thereabouts in 30 houses 
tomorrow (Thurs.) in New York, 
Brooklyn, Long Island, New Jersey, 

i and Westchester and. may extend 
•the same policy to theatres in but- 
©f-fown situations; . With the Airielr- 
Ican, where the initial experiment 
has been underway, the total thus 

: will be 31 .under that plan. 

Houses starting the policy tomor- 

: row are largely in the so-called sec- 
ondary neighborhood class. They 
include, . the . Inwopd,- . •. . Dyckman, 
Olympia, 72th St., Commodore, Aye. 
B. and Canal. in N. Y.; the BurrisIdei, 
Elsemere,; . Victory, • Boston Road, 
Post Road and ; Burlahd in the 
Bronx; Gates, Bedford, Melba, Cen- 
tury, Warwick, Brevobrt, Bay Ridge, 
Boro Park, Oriental arid Premier in . 
Brobklyri; PrpspecL Hillside, Wil- 
lard and Woodaidjg in various parts 
of •'• Queens county; Loew's, New 
Rocheile, arid. I^w's,' Yohkers, in 
Westchester; . and North ■ Bergen, 
N. J. ;.■ }r rv'; ." 

. Aside irpm : . catering to the fans 
who want the more convenient 
hours for the top films on duals.la 
Loew's executive points to another 
angle of importance. This is that 
under the policy, double feature dek 
votees will be. more likely to come 
into theatres. In the ; . middle of the 
No. 2 feature and see the main him. 
from end to end, rather than vice 
versa. Calling it more proper pro- 
gramming ; of .shows bri . this theory 
alone, it is contended that the plan 
is also in the direction of . satisfying 
both double and single-feature 
patrons. 

- RKO also is . testing the idea 
in an important fashion. '-This: chain 
first experimented with . the policy at 
the 86th Street, N. Y. . Subsequently 
it was installed in the three RKO 
houses in the Rockaways on Long 
Island, and at the newly-acquired 
Marble Hall in the Bronx. Two 
weeks ago the circuit extended it to 
the 81st Street arid 58th Street, N. 
Y., as weir as the Tilyou, Coney Is- 
land. 

In all instances, according to John • 
J. O'Connor, general manager of the 
RKO chain, the results have been so 
. satisfactory that the same plan will 
be placed into effect in additional 
houses. Starting tomorrow (Thurs.), 
Proctor's; -New Rocheile, will put on 
the principal feature at 9 p.m., while 
beginning Feb. ; 12, Keith's, Flushing, 
L. I.; the Castle Hill, Bronx; Coli- 
seum, N. Y., and Pelham, Bronx, will 
adopt the same policy. 

Where already In force, RKO is 
running trailers on the policy and 
> using valences on the marquee 
advertising the main attraction at 9 



Grosses 

^Continued from page U~ 

LOS ANGELES 



Bay No; (WB) (2d wk). Headed for 
okay $7,000 on holdover, after first 
week finished with $10,100. 
■■te^K.?*" (UA-F-WC) (900; 30-44- 
£ 5 V"£ h £ < * s Bishop' <UA) (3d wk). 
x air $3,00.0 on current stanza, after 
second week just topped first week 
for close to $5,000. 

/^Itching Post (Tele). (387; 25-29) 
( A11-Western) 'Stage to. China* 
■■iS 0) ind 'I^one. Star Raiders'- 
. iRep), , Buddy- Adler lined up Horace 
Boos (of cafeteria family), and Grey 
^ter: and -innovated Holly Wood's 
arst all-Western showhouse. Venture 
w purely an, experiment, and spon^ 
sors will be satisfied with small te-' 
v turns until proposition . gets started.' 
pictures are released at the regular 
» - tt » ak « although being: firstrvuri 
m Hollywood, and 1 ouse is geared tp 
do. around $1,300 to $1,400 weekly, at 
capacity. . - . . 

Hollywood <WB) (2,756; 30-44-55) 
k? ie ,«?m (1 !f B) and 'Couldn't Say 
&« (WB) duaL < 2d wk): Another 
WJ00 in prospect after initial stanza 
returned satisfactory $9,d60. 'Behind 
(6) Ne ws ? (Rep) , ; debuts tomorrow 

7i!v''?S e H m (B'way) (2,200; 30-44-55- 
Par^n. OW £ ry . B6 y' ( ««P > and Earl 
h!^ 0l J s inanities' , on. .stage. Show, 
S d by Bert Wheeler, has in-. 
ll c M. new. life Into . the Orpheum 
wmi " »7 ook * like terrific $20,000. 
ftrP^ a ;J rac ^ on spotting 50-50 from 
nrst dollar, house does not stand to 

ES. ! ny g 1 6at proflt » but thousands 
l^-r ng attracted ahd. that should 
' i?.' * L . as * week, second runs. : 
rantages (Pan) (2.81Z; 30-44-55)— 



^hlng. Called Love* (Col) and 
Remedy Riches' (RKO). Headed for 
strong $10,000, arid holds- over with 
?., new second feature. Last week 
»nt^ s (U) ;: and 'Inylsfble 
woman' (U), very good $9,000, 

•^f^^"*.'***** (3 * 595 J 30-44-55 
^-'Victory' (Par) (2d wk) and 
'You're the One! (Par), plus stage 
show, Dual bill drawing few extra 
thousand, and stage show headed by 
Dinah Shore arid Cliff Nazarre head- 
mg house fbr- fair $13 j 000. Last week 
Victory' (Par) and stage show, al- 
most same figure. . : ; 
.^RKO (RKO) w (2,872; .30-44-55)^- 
; Thmg, Called Love'*. (Col) and 
•Remedy Riches' (RKO). : Should do 
good $9,700, arid holds with new sec- 
ond feature.; Last week, Vigilantes' 
(y ) and ^Invisible Woman' (U), 
topped $8,700. - . . ' . 

cc S ^j B ;itpew-F>WG) '(,2,414; 30-44- 
5 5-75)-Live With Me' (M-G) and 
Liberty (M-G), lukewarm $10,000. 
Last week, 'Flight Cpmmand' (M-G) 
f?JW Shayne De tective' (20th), 

United Artiste (UA-F-WC) (2,100; 
.30-44-55)— 'Flight Command' (M-G) 
and 'Shayne Detective' (20th). On 
moveover only fair $3,200. ; Last 
week,. ^Hudson's "Bay*. X20th)" arid 
.Gallant Sons' .(M-G ),, not healthy .at 

Wllshlre (F-WC ) (2,296; 30-44-55 ) 
—'Flight Command' (M-G) and' 
'Shayne Detective' (20th). Fair $5 - 
900 on moveover. Las(t week, 'Hud- 
son's Bay' (20th) and 'Galant Sons' 
(M-G),: n.s.h. at $4,500. . 

; Assign Hecht's 60G f er 

•'" Hollywood, Feb. .4. 

Ben Hecht's untitled .story, report- 
edly sold for $60,000 to RKO, draws 
David Hempstead as producer. . 

Hempstead has another feature to 
produce before* the Hepht yarn,; 
which goes into production in June. 



J. L & S. LIKELY HOLDING 
ON TO ORIENTAL, CHI 

Chicago, Feb. 4. 

Uneasiness which has been sur- 
rounding the. rental' rights in ■ the 
Oriental theatre for the past . few ; 
months appear to have been straight- 
ened but, - and indications are that 
Jones, Linick & Sqhaefer will con- 
tinue, to .pperate : the house. . . ■ ' 

Balabah & Katz were reported ■' in- 
terested jh- going back into the house, 
but understood that the. Department' 
of Justice officials .in .Washington 
frowned upori such a move, since it 
Would "; put B&K in possession of. 
every rflrst^uri. house in the loop 
With;: the .single exception of the 
RKO Palace. 

Aaron' Jones, Sr., has been sitting 
in at special cprifab with the land- 
lords and has : . apparently smoothed 
out the situation to the^satisfaction 
of all parties. ' . 



Bob Weitinan OA^ 
Par Theatre Operations 



fn line with his -extra'-curficular 
duties for the theatre department of 
Paramount, B6b Weitman, manage- 
ment. dlTector of: the Par, .N.' Yv, left 
for Philadelphia Monday (3 ) to 
check oyer company's four . theatres 
there that are pooled with Warner 
Bros. ; 

Weitman Was in : Newark Saturday 
(1) to confer with the Adams broth- 
ers, operator-partners: of Paramount 
lrt theatres there, and- In , Patersbri. 






Purchase by ?0th-Fbx of 'Confirm or; Deny,* yarn by ;Henry Wales arid 
Sariiuel Fuller, sets a hew -high price . for writers;, of screen originals by 
Hollywood scriveners who lack a national drawing, power. Studio la 
; said tp- have laid $20,000 on the line " for work.-.of this, pair of compara- 
tiyely ; unknpwri .■wrjters:;; N^ the past topped th«' 

$20,000 mark for] their Wares, but; average top price for the in-between 
scribe has been approxirriately $5,000. There are' - few instances on 
record of studios paying $10,000 ; or even $15idp0 for a yarn written by • 
Hollywood writer with few important screen credits, but these have beei 
exceptional cases. '- ; ' .':-. ' . 



Producers Laboratories' suit against. Universal Pictures, Big-tf-Filrh. 
Exchange and' the Roxy theatre, tf. Y„ was settled arid discontinued 
yesterday (Tues;) out of ithe 'N. Y. sripreriie : court. Action was begun 

Sept. 30,. 1940..; -.' •;■..:;'.; ; ■'■:'; ■;:'; ' ■■ "•' 

Suit sought ; an irijUric'tipri, accounting, of profits and darnages, ciaiming 
that UniversaVs 'Hired Wife' was art infringement . of the title of a pic- 
ture belpriging to Producei's entitled : 'A Hired Wife.' 



. Rpsemar^ Lane's objection tp the script is uoderstobd ; to be the> reason 
for the sudden , shelving of : 'Hang- Qiit the Moon' at RKO. , Actress.: agreed 
tp the ' deai while on an eastern stage tour,; but . did riot sign a contract 
and was able to pass up the ;assigrimerit after.: reading the, story. Dennis 
O'Keefe, slated for the top male role;? will be given a . spot in a, futur« . 
picture. 



Request for binoculars and other glasses used by spotters- atop London, 
buildings in, watching for approaching Nazi bombers, made , by Metro's 
Great "Britain: pffipe, has brought a; large contribution b^ German-madia' 
instruments; ■ -V '..;.', -'-../ : ■■:'..; . :' : :'' •,' . 

They will be shipped to Sam Eckriian, Metro's No. 4 man on. the British 
Isles, to be distributed as needed in London; ' ; 



For second time Within the last six months, RKO directors considered 
the matter of declaring a dividend on the new .6% preferred stock last,, 
week but again decided to defer action for the time being. 

Dividends accummulated and unpaid on this stock amounted to $6 per - 
share on Jan; 31 last, making the shares a full year In .arrears on divvy 
distribution.. • . 



r 



Democracy can and will fight for itself. That is proved by tiie tremendous response to the appeal 
of the Greek War Belief Committee from the radio station owners and managers of , the NBC and 
MUTUAL Networks. ''>*•. 

fust as half a hundred topmost headliners of the entertainment world volunteered their talents in this 
most worthy cause, so have scores of radio stations contributed their facilities, and cleared their time 
for this mammoth benefit broadcast. . 

If you have not already made arrangements to carry this broadcast, get in touch with the Committee 
at once. ' 

The program will originate Saturday, February 8th, in Hollywood's famous Chinese Theatre, at 11:1S 
VM. (EST) and will continue for 90 minutes. 

This is your chance to get behind Democracy with all the power in your transmitter. Elderly men, wid- 
owed women and orphaned children in the war-devastated regions need YOUR help. The Committee 
urgently requests YOUR cooperation. See your local Greek War Relief Committee for details of how . 
YOU can helpl 

SPYROS SKOURAS 
President, Greek War Relief Comm. 
730 Fifth Avenue, New York City. 

SAMUEL GOLDWYN 
.Chairman, Permahent Charities Comm. 
Motion Picture Industry. 



JACK BENNY and BOB HOPE, Co r Masters of Cereftion'res . ■ . TH E "HARDY FAMILY," includinfl MICKEY 
ROONEY, LEWIS STONE, CECILLIA PARKER, ANN RUTHERFORD, FAY HOLDEN and SARA HADEN .' , . 
FANNY BRICE arid HANLEY STAFFORD.. . » GEORGE BURNS and GRACIE ALLEN . . . MADELEINE CAR- 
ROLL . .1 RONALD COLM AN ;. . . BOB CROSBY BETTE DAVIS ... ALICE FAYE ; . . CLARK GABLE .'. 



CHARLES LAUGHTON . . . CAROLE LOMBARD . . . MYRNA LOY 
. . . GROUCHO MARX FRANK MORGAN . . . PAU L MUNI . . . 
JAMES. STEWART . ; SHIRLEY TEMPLE . SPENCER TRACY 
who pre volunteering; daily! . 



. MARY MARTIN 
MERLE OBERON . V 
. ROBERT YOUNG 



,. TONY MARTIN 
^'ROCHESTER" 

and rrtari.y ■ other*' 



24 RADIO 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 









HOLLOWAY PREDICTS 
'END OF ASCAPITALISM' 



San Francisco, Feb. 4. . 
. Harrison Holloway ; of KFI-KECA 
told the Frisco ad club Wednesday 

.(29) that— . :.. ' .:' 

•BMI means the end of ASCAP1- 
talism.' ■ 

• He also cracked: ■ . ■ " \ 

•Joe, Broadcasting is the father of 
a , baby \ named Television'/ Nobody 
has ever been able; to. find the mother 
and we don't know what to do with 
the infant. Maybe Joe made .a mis-, 
take and maybe he didn^ ..'■'... 

'Radio's three great romances were 
with (a) newspapers (b) films arid 
(c) 'Jeanriie. Wi th the Light s Brown 
Hflir,' : . ' •-. . '••'•', ■. 

Going serious, Holloway. did a Hit- 
ler prophesy , that. - broadcasting .will 
experience 'more- changes" during 
4 1941 than in its entire history, point- 
ing out that the year promises free- 
dom from . ASCAP, introduction of 
FM, new high in listening : hours, ex- 
tension, of networks to. South Amer- 
ica and .resultant opening of vast 
new markets. 



THAT WASHINGTON BRAINTRUSTERS WILL MAKE NO DISTINC 
TION BETWEEN 'CREATIVE* (I. E. CAPITALISTIC) TALENT AND OR- 
DINARY LABOR; 



f THAT AN ASSOCIATION OF PROPERTY OWNERS (ASCAP) MAY 
BE FORCED TO DISSOLVE AND REMNANTS OF THE DEFEATED 
ORGANISATION WILL RE-EMERGE AS A LABOR UNIQN. i 

^ THAT WITH $4,000,000 INVESTED IN BMI AND 

ITS CbNTRACTURAL MUSIC PUBLISHING ALLIES THERE ARE SERI- 
OUS AND MORE OR LESS PERMANENT NEW PROBLEMS, EVEN 
AFTEk ANY POSSIBLE 'PEACE* BETWEEN ASCAP AND RADIO. 



Gus Arnhelra Off WCCO 

. . . Minneapolis^ . Feb. 4. 
Gus Afnheim. playing at the Hotel 
Nicollet Minnesota, Terrace, refused, 
to sign a. release to WCCO relative 
to ASCAP and assume responsibility, 
for copyright infringement. As a 
result, . his orchestra is not being 
aired over that station 1 which hither-.' 
to always has broadcast from the 
Terrace. 

However, Arnheim aggregation 
airs over WMIN, the only Twin City 
station with an ASCAP franchise. 



Denver Meeting 'Sanguine 

Denver, Feb. 4.- : ' 

Some 40 managers and. others rep- 
resenting 27 radio, stations from. six 
Rocky Mountain states, attending the 
14th district meeting of the Na- 
tional Assn. of Broadcasters, unani- 
mously endorsed -Broadcast Music, 
Inc., and expressed the opinion that 
the broadcasters had already won the 
music war with ASCAP. '. 

Meeting lasted, one day , and was 
presided over by Gene O'Fallon, dis- 
trict director; ' C. E. Arney, as- 
sistant to Neville Miller; and Carl 
Haveriin, BMI director of stations 
relations, were also present 



Indians OK for Sound 

Minneapolis, Feb. 4. 

WCCO sought clearance from, Co- 
lumbia for the war chants, and tom- 
tom beats of the Blackfeet Indians 
who participated in the WCCO net- 
work show dramatizing the St. Paul 
Winter Carnival opening. 

The clearance came through okeh, 
Investigation showing the war chants, 
and tomtom beats are not ASCAP 
copyrights. 



No BMI— No Crosley 

Cincinnati, Feb. 4. 
For refusing to agree to play BMI 
arrangements; the local band In Old 
Vienna headed by Herman Kirsch- 
rier is hot Ueing aired by Crosley's 
WLW and W.SAI. 
Booking was for a week's fill-in. 



R0BBINS SUES CBS 



Infringement On WEEI, Boston, Is 
Alleged 



'Misrepresented' As Labor Union 

Each side in the present music war . has Its pet 
peeves against the arguments used by the other side. 
Songwriters dislike, jnost . of ; all having ASCAP rep- 
resented '/as- a 'labor union' and thereby damned with 
many sponsors and advertising agencies. 'We are and 
we want to remain individual, capitalists,' say: thought- 
ful songwriters, 'we.don't want to -be forced by radio 
or the Government to accept the. status of workers or 
to have our compositions reduced to the basis of so 
many yards of notes *to ...be measured like Something 
coming off an assembly line:' 

. Another and corollary view is expressed in about 
this language: '.There are implications in this whole 
music fight a lot more lasting and important to crea- 
tive., people everywhere than whether, the ' networks 
ar e able to knock, out ASC AP or . change, it so dr as- 
tically its old friend won't Tecpgnke it'. 

ASCAP, Its members insist, is an association of 
property-owners: The status equality between the 
supposed 'boss,' or publisher, and; the 'worker,' com-, 
poser; within ASCAP answers the argument, accord- 
ing fo this view, that the present fight is art attempt 
by 'another labor , union'; to raise, costs in radio. 

Business men, Jthe songwriters how believe, are tem- 
permentally unappreciative , of the . .creative . artist's 
demand for prbperty rights as distinct from wages. 
If the business men, with help from. Washington, suc- 
ceed in making it impossible for songwriters to func- 
tion as private capitalists than the labor union ap- 
proach is described as a reluctant 1 alternative. Song-, 
writers, are asserting that the sponsors .and agencies 
who think they are helping defeat a 'labor union' are 
more likely helping to; create one. 

Loss of Seniority and Old/ Age 
Aspects of ASCAP Foreseen 

Some composer and writer members of ASCAP have 
been .giving much thought to the philosophy which 
they see represented in the consent decree that Broad- 
cast Music, Inc., has signatured with : the U. S. Depart- 
ment of Justice and they, have come to the conclusion 
that if this philosophy is enforced by the courts the 
creative writer in America is on the way to regimen- 
tation. Thurman Arnold, the assistant U. S; attorney , 
general, is seeking, these writers are convinced, to put 
into practice a theory that a creative work; from the 
economic point of view, is no different from a ton of 
steel, a quart of oil . Or a pound of butter. So long as ... 
they come within the province of public commerce 
musical- compositions would according to these writ- 
ers' understanding of the Arnold theory, have the 
same yardstick of Government control applied to 
them. . . .: 

If Arnold, these writers , hold* succeeds in impos- 
ing his philosophy upon the operations of ASCAP that 
organization will be deprived of all but one of Its 
purposes, that of policing organization. ASCAP will 
then have ceased to function as a benevolent or mu- 
tual insurance group. Writers, will no longer join the 
organization with a long range point of view, that is, 
be willing to accept a minor portion of the Society's 
income during : the early years of . their . membership 
so that in later years .. when "their productive powers 
dwindle or run dry they can go on collecting pre- 
miums. ' ' ;.-'... 

. If the seniority or availability phases: of the Society's 
basis for royalty allocation are eliminated 'by consent ; 



Robbins Music Corp ; has filed suit 
: In the N. Y. federal court against 
Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc., 
seeking ah injun ction, accounting of 
profits and' statutory , Homages 
for WEEI's alleged unauthorized use 
of a songi : Tune involved is. 'Don't 
Be That Way,' written in 193| by 
Edgar. Sampson and Mitchell Parr 
Ish; Song... was broadcast oyer WEEI 
in • Boston on . Jan. 14, 1941* plaintiff 
claims. ..' :-:- : -y-,'-. '. :".'.'" 

Suit is first against a major chain 
to be filed in the battle, between -the 
'American "Society of Composers, Au- 
thors, and Publishers and is also the 
fu-st to be filed in N. Y. ^ 



decree or ' any other instrument than the- Society can 
serve only as a straight commercial agency. ASCAP's 
inconje will bo apportioned strictly according to the 
current, uses made of each member's works. If this 
philosophy is carried out to its logical, if not equit- 
able-solution, the writer of 'Boogie Woogie'- would be 
put on the same compensation plane as the composers 
of 'St. Louis Blues,' 'A Kiss In the Dark,' 'Sylvia,' 
'Rhapsody in Blue,' '01' Man River,' 'My Heart Stood 
Still' and 'I Love You Truly.' • : v 

■'• As the Society's methods of allocation, are now set 
. up quality ,of composition is given important if hot 
top consideration. A member's "services to . the Sot 
ciety's administration over a long .period of years is 
also recognized through the 'seniority* phiase of the 
.royalty distribution: These factors would; be tossed 
overboard if the Arnold philosophy finally prevails. 

i V $4 > dOO,O0O Inyestment 
h Music Biz Creates Gloom ^ 

What will likely prove a big hurdle to any settle- 
. merit of the ASCAP-radio battle is the ; fact that the 
broadcasting industry now has $4,000,000 more or less, 
already, invested in the music business. ASCAP pub- 
lishers are of the opinion that regardless of whatever 
deal; they eventually make with radio they will have 
this investment, as represented by Broadcast Music, 
Inc., plaguing them until such times as the broadcast- 
ers elected to write the whole thing off as a loss. . 

These publishers feel confident that they would have 
nothing tp fear from the output of BMI when it came 
to servicing commercial programs on the networks 
but that the. crimp will prevail in the case of sus- 
taining programs. The networks and their affiliated 
stations are expected to try to salvage what they . can 
out. of their heavy Investment In BMI by using BMI 
compositions wherever possible. ' 

Sidney M.: Kaye, BMI v.p., estunates that $1,500,000 
has already been poured Into BMI and that the for- 
ward obligations of the venture amounts to another 
$r,500,0.00. From a BMI director it is learned that the 
BMI total so far totals nearer $2,000,000 and that the 
obligations figure another $2,000,000. Where the major 
part * of this latter load exists are the contracture! 
guarantees made for the performing, rights to estab- 
lished publishing houses. 

E. B. Marks is guaranteed 'personally $225,000 a year 
for five years, with Julian T. Abeles, the lawyer who 
swung the deal, collecting for himself an additional 
$25,000. a year directly from BMI for his services. 
M. M. Cole, the Chicago publisher, is down for $30,000 
a year, Ralph Peer's Latin-American setup, $31,000 
•a. year oh a certified three-year deal, United Publish- 
ers, $9,000 a year and the Colonial Music Publishing 
Co., $5,000 a year. 

BMI had, It. is estimated, an overturn of around 
$75,000 in sheet music and orchestrations during Janu- 
ary. In thcHcase of the Marks orchestrations it profits 
nothing, since Marks* agreements provides that BMI 
buy his stock arrangements at the jobber price and 
BMI has been selling, these arrangements to the sub- 
scriber stations at cost. When a couple of hits are 
•riding' a big ASCAP firm has been known to do 
$75,000 a month easily, so that BMI in the position 
of practically holding a monopoly of the current sheet 
music business at the present time is found to be 
enjoying a turnover which is even less per month 
than when a single ASCAP firm, such as Shapiro, 
Bernstein & Co< . did during the co-run of 'Beer Bar- 
rel Polka' and 'My Prayer' (1939). S-B's monthly 
sheet music 'billings during this period ranged as high 
as $100,000 a month. 



s 



Hollywood, Feb. *4.\,. 
Despite pleas of his ASCAP friends, 
Bing Crosby, is said to be ready to 
aing BMI tunes on his Kraft pro- 
gram. - 

: 'I can't keep on singing those.jold 
ones,' said the crooner, who skips 
his Feb. 13 broadcast to loaf at Sun 
Valley. •• 



'Happy Birthday to You' 
Comes Out 'Yankee DW 

.•' Milwaukee, Feb. 4. ... 

People who since Feb. 1 have - 
ceived . melodic birthday felicitations 
via Western Union have had the 
surprlse&nd the shock of their lives. 
Uniformed messengers have stood at 
the .door and, sting 'Happy Birthday 
to You' or warbling operator has 
rendered the .words over the tele- 
phone, but the lyrics to' the old greet- 
ing.: are no longer accompanied by 
the familiar tune. Instead;, they are 
sung to the patriotic tune of 'Yankee 
Doddle' or ,the juvenile melody of 
'Mary Had : a Little Lamb,' both of 
which are in the public domain. : 

ASCAP 'holds ; copyright: .restric- 
tions- on ; 'Happy Birthday to You' 
and Western Union . isn't looking for 
trouble; But it's: tough on the sing- 
ers; if you don't believe it, just try 
singing the -> 'Birthday' words to 
'Yankee Doodle' or 'Mary Had a Lit- 
tle Lamb.' 




Having to deal with the U. S. De- 
partment of Justice, in the matter of 
consent decree is no new experience 
to Schwartz & Frohlich, ASCAP's 
general counsel. As general counsel 
for Columbia Pictures, S&F refused 
tp; become; a party to the consent de- 
cree which now binds a major part 
of 'the film Industry. Permanency 
of the latter decree depends on the 
Government succeeding in getting 
the courts to compel Columbia Pic- 
tures, Universal Pictures and United 
Artists tp accept the same decree. 
These three companies have elected 
to stand trial on the Original film 
anti-trust issues and take their case, 



Pitman Qff Radio After 
16 Years, Owners Son In 

' Ppftland, Me , Feb. 4. . 

Linwood T. Pitman, for 15 years 
general manager of WSCH here, last 
week resigned to return to his pre- 
1925 : post on the copy desk of the 
Portland Press-Herald. His place 
is slated to be filled April 1 by Wil- 
liam Rines, soil of the station's 
owner. Young Rlhes has been in 
New York- since his 1940 graduation 
from Harvard, studying radio at 
N.Y,U. and UBC headquarters. 

Dally hiring Pitman owns WGAN, 
WCSH's rival in local field. 

If necessary, to the U. S. supreme 
court, : 

The BMI decree likewise does not 
become effective, unless * ASCAP 
conies within the province of Its 
terms. ' . '■ 



Horton Heath, Jr., who joined 
Broadway stage play 'George Wash- 
ington.. Slept Here' last week is son 
of RCA publicity director. ' 



MODUS OPERANDI 

Starting with the second 'ASCAP 
On Parade' broadcast of the 13-time 
series the audience at the WMCA 
studio (N. Y.) visible broadcast is 
asked to desist from over indulgent 
applause because that breaks into 
announcements and . cause's time 
schedules to run overboard; Show 
is. fed alive to four New York out- 
rets (indie) and four eastern sea- 
board keys', also licensed to use! 
ASCAP. music. Some ' 117 other-' in- 
die stations Use the recorded ver- 
sions on a swap basis. For the live 
period ASCAP insisted on paying for 
the time, although It got a 50% re- 
bate because of the wealth of talent 
entailed. ," ; ; ; 

: ,. Billy ' Rose has his shows .'lined up 
three weeks in advance. He pro-, 
duces and Oscar Hammersteih ' II 
scripts 'em. 

ASCAP's direct solicitation of Its 
cause, taking its fight with radiP. di- 
rectly to the public, has resulted, in 
considerable fan .mail which' is be- 
ing carefully cataloged for presenta- 
tion to : Washington authorities. 



Ired Borton, WQAM, 
On Auditing Music 



Miami, Feb. 4. . 
Fred Borton, owner-operator of 
WQ AM, local CBS affiliate, and one. 
of the the few single-man station 
operators in •': the business, . is . typical 
of the hinterland broadcaster who is 
unsympathetic with . the ASCAP 
Cause. He brushes off the Society's 
demands by observing that 'you can 
drive the American people just so 
far and they will revolt.' . meaning 
that ASCAP's demands,, when finally 
becoming prohibitive, resulted in the 
current revolution. . 
. Borton goes into details that the 
'.Society is fallacious in its arguments 
that anything but a blanket music 
contract is impractical. He states 
that's not so. 'As it is,' Borton de- 
tails, 'since the schism we now care- 
fully log every tune performed so 
that we may account to BMI, arid 
also of course so that we may know 
where we stand as and when future ' 
copyright litigation arises. • What 
matters it to us, therefore, if we re- 
corded the ASCAP songs similarly?. 
It's a matter of simple ledgering and ■ 
would mean but a few . minutes' 
extra work! 

Thus, we could very, easily remit 
to. ASCAP every week or every 
month, for so many performances of 
Its tunes, as we logged them here 
at WQAM. That goes for the other 
stations. We do it anyway.' 

•World Broadcasting^ when we get 
one of its disks, states that 25c or 
75c or $1.25 royalty must be re- 
mitted for same. We notate that and 
remit. Why cannot ASCAP do the 
same on its sortg copyrights? Fix a 
fee and we'll pay gladly. But why. 
pay for music we do not use? We 
don't" need it on serials, newscasts 
and the like. But where we use it, 
we'll pay any equitable fee, promptly 
and gladly.' 



Engineers' Cohmbus Meet 



Columbus, Feb. 4. 
Fourth Annual Broadcast Engin- 
eering Conference, sponsored by the 
Department of Electrical Engineering 
of Ohio University, In cooperation 
with the National Assn' of Broadcast- 
ers, is scheduled , to get underway 
Monday morning (i0), to' continue for 
two weeks. Advance registrations in- • 
dicate that 250 engineers will be In 
attendance. '. •..•;,-.' 

Emphasis will be on . television^ 
ijigh fidelity and national defense. 
Heading the list of speakers are. 
K. Jett, . chief. FCC engineer; Ma- 
jor Edwin H. Armstrong, Columbia 
University; Dr. Peter Goldmark, 
CBS, and Harvey Fletcher of Bell : 
Telephone. 



Frank Browne's Sideline 

' Minneapolis, Feh. 4. 
Frank Browne of Browne and La 
Velle, coinedy team on WCCO Sun- 
risers 6 to 7; a.mV. Mondays through 
Satur d ay s, this week went into. the 
real estate business. , This keeps him 
busy rest of the day. 

Organized the Log. Cabin Realty 
Co.. at Excelsior, Minn., where he 
has his own cottage. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 












on Ratings; 




Latest (second January) report Is- 
sued by the Co-operative Analysis of 
Broadcasting has caused; much spec- 
ulation, if not deep concern, among 
ad agency men. For the first time 
in it least five years; the overall Tat- 
ing. for network coinmercia^ 
yary .showed no. increase, oyer /that 
of December. In a statement issued 
by the National Association" of 
Broadcasting, and obviously prompt- 
ed by the current music war, it was, 
remarked that 'national 1 popularity 
of network programs neither in- 
creased' 'iior decreased during ;,the 
month of January.' ; . 

The statement also remarks that 
the 'average number of listeners- to 
172 network programs during the 
period ending Jan. 28 is identical 
with the number of listener* to the 
same programs during the; monthly 
period ending Dec; 23/ In support 
of this observation the. N.A.B. state- 
ment offers the following .arithme- 
■ ileal data: '82 programs made gains, 
86 programs had losses and four re- 
mained the samei Of evening pro-, 
grams, 53 went up . in. listening audi- 
ence, while only 49 went, down.' 
•Musical programs,' according to. this 
same statement, 'fell off a negligible 
amount— four- tenths of a point.' 

The statement avers" that 'daytime, 
program averaged : 6.1%. in January, 
compared with 6.2% in December',' 
but that 'this slight fractional differ- 
ence was outweighed by . the. larger 
volume involved in the evening pro- 
grams, which rated 13.8 in January, 
and the same figure for the preced- 
ing month.' . ;. 

Levelled Off 

The tabulation included in the 
statement gives the average audiejice 
for the daytime programs for the 
December, period as 6.2% and the 
night-time as 13.8%', whereas the 
average rating for daytime in Janu- 
ary was 6.1 % and the . night-time, 
13.7%. Arid in arriving at the av- 
erage audience to all programs (day 
and night) this tabulation makes it 
equally 10.7 % for December, arid 
January. 

According to a graph, prepared by 
the C.A.B., in the VARifcTY Radio Di- 
rectory for 1939-40 (pages 120-121 ) 
January has since 1936 been con- 
sistently an upbeat month for net- 
work program listening. Only ex- 
ception noted in this graph was the 
downward , trend of hour shows in 
January. 1937, but in this particular 
period the evening 30-minute arid 
quarter-hour and daytime serials all 
went up. 

Perhaps an Interesting parallel 
with this January, 1937, drop is the 
fact, that the January, 1941, reports 
put put . by the C.A.B. show a down- 
trend for the majority of the hour 
.shows. None of the shows, except- 
tog Major Bowes, In this group 
(Which use plenty of music of the 
popular type) escaped this slipoff. 
.. Following is how .the; pop musical, 
shows, either dominated by; a sing- 
"8 star, or out-and-out orchestral 
lared as to rating in this last CAB. 
report: - :. • 

Kate Smith.... down. 

Bing Crosby . . . .down., 

Kay Kyser....down. 

£ltch Bandwagon .... down. 

Kndy Vallee....down. 

Wt Parade'. ., . down. 

^Volce of Firestone' . . . . down; 

*J"J Lombardp....up. 

Ayjum of Familiar Moslc'. . . ..up. 

|Merry.Go-Eonnd. . . tip. 

"Beat the Band'. . . . down. 

^yne King. . . .down. 

^f ltz «nie'....up. 

Sat. Nite Serenade i . . down. 

gay Block. ;..down. 

Ben Berate... down. 

Horace Heidt. . . 

*H»»r of Charm'., .up. 

Cities service. . . .down. 

Fred Waring... down. 

Coca-Cola.... up. 

'■U P L pertin * nt interest also perhaps, 
sLi^f .circumstance that Lucky 
Strike's. 'Hit. Parade' has taken a 3.7 
Sh^ S ^l it? ^st' December rating, 
withfn th b 1?, n61 off for Kay. Kyser 
Within the. like period. ; • . ; 



No Improvisation 



■ .'■' West Palm Beach, Feb. 4. . 
Steve Willis, of WJNO, tells 
■this one. . 

Before 'Yankee Itf. i* trained 
. Whistling canary,. Was.- put-on the ; 
air with its;ownef, Lillian Hayes, 
the station took 'the precaution / 
.of having the bird go through its' 
entire repertoire to make sure 
that none of its memorized tunes 
'would . bring an Infringement- 
suit from ASCAP. 



ASCAP AND BMI 





In commenting on the consent de- 
cree accepted by Broadcast Music, 
Inc., from, the U. S. Departhient of 
Justice, music industry lawyers 
pointed out last week that the terms 
of the covenant can apply to ASCAP 
only, in the narrowest degree. That 
is. the section dealing, strictly with 
the; dealing in performing rights. The 
two organisations— BMI and ASCAP 
—are in the details of their opera- 
tions as far apart as the pples. 

ASCAP functions strictly as a col- 
lecting and policing agency. The 
amounts paid members, after the 
costs of administration are deducted, 
are determined by the by-laws of 
this non-profit organization. The 
allocation facilities as marked out by 
these by-laws arc administered by 
two classification, groups, one con- 
sisting of the writer members on 
the board of directors and the other 
of the publisher members on this 
same board. In the case of the pub- 
lishers the availability portion of the 
distribution: (30%) is further dele- 
gated to. a committee elected by the 
publisher membership. No ASCAP 
member is guaranteed a specified or 
minimum income.; 

BMI functions as: 

1. A publishing organization: 

2; A. performing rights licensor. : 

3. A transcription and other me- 
chanical rights licensor. 

4. A jobber of performing rights 
and mechanical rights, with the 
leasing contracts made with other 
publishing organizations guarantee- 
ing the latter minimum annual in- 
comes from these rights. 

Unlike ASCAP, BMI designates 
the exact fee (lc. per station) to be 
received from radio uses by writers 
with whom it has direct contracts.. 
Also, unlike ASCAP, BMI is a pri- 
vately owned corporation, - account- 
able to no one but Its stockholders, 
NBC, Columbia and indtvdudt sta- 
tions: : . ■ ■ ■;• 




ASCAP Willing to Make Any 
Internal Changes Depart- 
ment of Justice Wants But 
Fears BMl's Inside Track 
and Death Sentence for 

ASCAP m Wisc on* in 

'■'.Document/:' 1 



VITAL TALKS 



COMPARES BMI TO A. P. 
FOR HAW MATERIAL' 



San Francisco, Feb. 4. 
.• Broadcast Music's value to the 
radio industry parallels the. Import-, 
ance of press associations . to news- 
papers, according^ to a statement by 
Phil Lasky, general . manager of 
KROW. - ■ 

.... 'Just as the Associated Press, an 
industry-owned source of raw mate- 
rial, brought to. the newspapers a 
stabilizing factor for controlling the 
cost of ; its news, BMI, too, will be 
the radio industry's check-rein on 
the future costs of music— our raw 
material,' Lasky told the Oakland 
Civitan Club. 



Atlanta — Newest addition to WSB 
staff! is Ange Dellairo, accordionist* 



■ ASCAP-radlo war may be settled 
within the next few weeks or it Will 
drag on for many riidnths as the U S- 
Department . of J ust'ice arid ASCAP 
thrash" out , the anti- trust issue in the 
courts. Such is the two-way outlook 
described . yesterday. (Tuesday) by 
ASCAP leaders as they prepared for 
tb*. proposed meeting . with Thurrhan 
Arnold, assistant U. S. attorney-gen- 
eral, in his Washington office tomor- 
row .(Thursday). Seven members of 
ASCAP's board of directors will be 
on hand for this conference, • arid 
upon the trend of the discussions 
With. the Federal prosecutor Will de-. 
pend the matter of "an early peace 
or the Society's launching of a bit- 
ter, . to-the-end battle. 

John G.: Paine, ASCAP general 
manager, . was .wotting <tt press time 
tate yesterday (Tuesday) to hear 
from its counsel; in Washington 
whether Arnold had nixed the 
Thursday . date. Things in this di- 
rection started to look, complicated 
when a- report went, over press asso- 
ciation wires : yesterday afternoon 
that Justice . Dept. officials were 
'burning' over the ASCAP's board 
'failure to keep an appointment 
Tuesday' and had announced that 
they were 'immediately starting a 
criminal action' against ASCAP. 
. Paine explained that there ■ had 
been a tentative appointment made 
for yesterday (Tuesday) but thai an 
extension had meanwhile been asked 
to tomorrow (Thursday). Originally 
it had been intended to have the 
entire ASCAP board meet with 
Arnold, ; but: at a board meeting, 
which started early Monday evening 
(3) and lasted until 4 a.m., Tuesday 
{4);, it was decided to limit this 
delegation to four writers and three 
publishers. This contingent was to 
consist of Deems Taylor, Irving Ber- 
lin, Oscar Hammersteih II, Otto Har- 
bach, Gustave Schirmer, Saul H. 
Bdrnstein and John. O'Connor, . 

Rumor had also meanwhile, spread 
around the music industry that 
ASCAP's counsel in 'Washington, 
Herman Fin/celstein, of Schwartz & 
Frohli.cn, might himself arrive at 
terms satisfactory to ASCAP and. 
make it unnecessary for the ASCAP 
delegation to go to Washington; At 
ASCAP's ■■offices in N. Y., however, 
this report was termed as 'far too 
optimistic.' ^ ••• 

. : ASCAP Admits Setbacks 

, .ASCAP leaders admit that the So- 
ciety has taken a licking in the pre- 
liminary-skirmishes, but they are still 
confident that the fundamental prin- 
ciple in the contract the Society of- 
fered the networks, namely, .payment" 
at the sourcei will prevail, when the 
final cta'sh is over. These ASCAP. 
leaders see a fall-off in network, lis- 
tening, and feel that were, this trend, 
to continue for . another ibur weeks 
radio - may . desi re a Settl emen t '.i f th n . 
situation had riot been meanwhile 
hopelessly muddled • by the BMI con- 
sent decree,' ASCAP. leaders how 
feel that 'the worst' has already hap- 
pened :and that publishers would or- 
dinarily sit back and wait while pub- 
lic; and sponsor reaction takes its 
course. But .'the;. complication is that 
the- -Department, of justice .'is. an 
added opponent in the BMI corner. 

ASCAP counsel- spent much of last 
week.in parleys with Arnold and his 
associates going over the teriris of a 
mutually satisfactory consent decree. 
Arnold, insisted that ASCAP accept 
the same decree which. BMI had sig- 
natured a couple of weeks agbi and 
when there was no budging him the 
meeting with ASCAP's full director, 
rate was suwste'd, arid he readily 




s to S.J.C.P.S. 



Sound Non-ASCAP 4 A' 



In : rehearsal last w«ek for the 
NBC sustainex,' 'Behind . . the 
Mike,' the . house, orchestra was 
instructed that as a part of the. 
program the! script called for the 
orchestra to time up while on the 
air. ' ' • • '.'■"'. 

'Be sure nobody tunes up 
ASCAP,' quipped conductor Er- 
nie Watson. •'* 







. Even the" broadcasters admit that 
the BMI 'consent' decree sounds like 
it was written by radio attorneys, 
being full of jokers. It gives the 
broadcasters the option of pay-per- 
use-of music, per^program* or . per- 
centage-Of-the r gross. • Idea: is that 
these , teriris must .also apply to 
ASCAP, as and when- it signs a con- 
sent. ' 

Thus, also imposed on BMI, seem- 
ingly by self-interest, is a condition 
that music not used on dramatic, 
news and similar . dialog programs 
need not be paid for. Since BMI 
hasn't been 'guilty* of that— this be- 
ing a charge placed solely at 
ASCAP's door— it's curious that the 
BMI. consent decree makes provision 
for something it riever put it into 
practice.' 



[ Broadcast Music, Inc., has also ac« 
quired trie broadcasting, licensing, 
fights of the catalog controlled by 
the Society of : Jewish Composers, 
. Publishers- and Songwriters. Alpha^ . 
betical list of the .performing right 
group's titles, .composers and authors . 
is. being compiled by BMI for dis- 
tribution among its members this 
week. 

Sydney M. Kaye, BMI v.p. and 
general counsel, has decided to con- 
test In the courts ASCAP's claim: that 
the melodies of three BMI turies, 'I 
Hear a. Rhapsody,' 'I Look at You' 
arid 'All I Desire,' are infringements 
of numbers in the ASCAP catalog. 

He advised BMI subscribers this 
week to go on using the . songs and 
that suits brought by ASCAP writers 
and publishers in these instances 
will be defended by BMI and all 
damages will be absorbed under the 
$1,000,000 insurance -policy which 
BMI got from Lloyds and. other un- 
derwriters. Stations have been 
asked to send him copies of the com-:, 
plaints arising from such litigation. 

CBS REFUTES 





assented. Arnold is agreeable to giv- 
ing the board all the time M wants to 
explain its side of the controversy, 
meanwhile holding up the filing, of a 
criminal information against ASCAP 
in Milwaukee. 

The ASCAP board is agreed on 
making two concessions : toward a 
consent decree; It will, make any 
internal . changes that the department 
wishes and it Will agree to a per 
program or per piece basis for roy- 
alty compensation, providing this 
latter arrangement is buttressed by 
clauses, which will protect ASCAP 
from, gradually undermining of its 
financial and. organizational, exist- 
ence by BMI. The board, it is un- 
derstood, will not bow to a consent 
decree which will give BMI the up-, 
per hand when it comes to getting 
the hog's share of sustaining per- 
formances on the networks. It takes 
the position that the value of 
ASCAP's current catalog to commer- , 
ci.al programs would be negligible 
under such ; competitive restraints j 
because it is through the sustaining • 
programs, that new tunes are ex- 
ploited to the point Where , they b'e- - 
come the choice of commercial pro- . 
gram producers.. .The- latter ■ rarely : 
introduce a song that has not gone . 
through this ''exploitation; process. 
'Wrong Kind of Decree' 

The ASCAP board, composed of 
writers 1 arid publishers, will seek to 
outline to Arnold the part that. 
ASCAP's material' plays ih broad- 
casting, how the 'Society's functions 
extend beyond the realm of mere: 
licensing and: fee collection arid what, 
undue restraints could accomplish -in 
curbing the creative output of es- 
tablished composers and author's. 
The • Society's directors..: are deter- 
mined ; that they will not 'sigh the 
wrong kind of decree'; that they will 
not agree to' anything that threatens 
the existence of : ASCAP, and that 
if Arnold goes, through - with ■ his 
threatened litigation they will recon- 
cile themselves to a lengthy fight 
artd embark upon drastic, changes in 
the material exploitation operations 
of th$ industry so as to replace the. 
channel of radio on a permanent 
basis. •' . 



CBS reacted with an official denial 
to one point in an ASCAP publicity 
release last week. ASCAP asserted 
new. business , was falling off on the 
Webs; CBS cited four, signatures, in- 
cluding Armour (Wayne King) and 
Schick (Duffy's .Tavern') and the 
extension of Wrigley's time for 'Dear 
Mbm,' opposite Jack [Benny, all' re- 
cent.- . . . 

Renewals of Luckles, U. S. Tobac- 
co; Gene Autry and Philip MoriTs 
programs have also occurred since : 
the ASCAP break and only one can- 
cellation, 'Charlie and Jessie,' a day- 
time serial/ has occurred (Jan. 17). 

CBS figures its January 1941 total 
of sales to amount to 10 quarter 
hours against two quarter hours 
(Nehi) in January .1940, and seven 
of the ten stars music. 



Austin Lara on NEC 
Four Times as Publicity 
Stunt for Latin Mudc 



By way of dramatizing that the 
most successful pop composer of 
Latin America, is oh their 'radio's) 
side, NBC has . brought Augtrs^ri 
Lara to New York" froni-Mcxico City. 
He will broadcast oyer th«!M"Gt!i:-e 
at 7:15 p;m, on Feb, 7. arid 14 and at • 
10:15 p ; m. on Feb. 5 ard 12; One of 
his oroteges, Elvira Rios. '11 sing 
while. Lara coridUcts .an NBC house 
group. . .•' ' • ; ■; ' ..' . ;. 

Lara was brought here at the sug- 
gestion of John Royal, NBC's i"tcr- 
natibrial y.p,, :who has feflently >ee>i. 
in .. Mexico on another trip. L-jra is 
a headliner on Emillo; : Azc?rr? r .a's 
XEW in Mexico City. Some .150 of 
his total of 600-odd poriiriositions' are 
published by Ralph Si Peer's : musl 
companies' (Southern, - etc.) and. 
av/Mlshle to. radio. ; -.:■'■■■ '" : . 

'NBC may also br.ins . Alberto 
Dpiritnguez to New York front.- 
Mexico . City. He Wrote 'Frenesi'. 
an^. 'Perfidia.' .".';''' . 

Lara will'.;.. ■leave; for Argentina 
after his New York sojourn. He 
speaks English but not on the tele- 
phone; ■■ : ; " . ' . '•' ; 



MAEY DUNLAVEY'S BEETH 

Mary Dunlavey has been nanred 
assistant time buyer by Erwin* 
Wnsey & Co.. Now York. 

John Schultz is the agency's chief 
time buyer.' 



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Wednesday, February 5, 1941 





onsors 





on 





Many of- the network; commercials whose programs contain popular, 
music have developed a stock -answer for listeners who complain or pro- 
test or comment Upon the absence of ASCAP tunes. Some of the advertis- 
ers' replies confine themselves to . a; mere acknowledgement arid statement 
that the listener's communication is being referred to -some one lri : the 
organization, other formula replies go into detailed explanations as to 
how^the sponsor. has ^ hopes that it will 

soon be cleared lip,. While a .few suggest: .other lines of action that the 
listener could- take' in nudging '.the, controversy toward a solution. '. ■■■; 

Of. the tost rdtegnr'p' the most, outspoken is : the F. W. FitchXo. This ac- 
count's stock arista states: \ ■■ :. ; .; .:' .'-. .-.-,-.'' ';'■■■' 

'It is our frank opinion that the quickest way this controversy can be 
lettled .is bu public protest to. the Federal Comviuxiicatioiis: Commission? 
In Washington.': \ ■ :■'/'./ '• -. . 

Briefest letter of the lot is. the Texas Go.' . 'We have/: writes the .oil 
refiner, 'yoUr ' postcard (or letter) of recent 'date commenting upon our 
radio broadcast. This has been referred to our. program director. -Thank 
you very much for writing us.* The signature on these Is that of J;. A. 
Tiern.ey, : who has .charge of'" Texaco's radio activities, 7v 

';'■•', ■ Kate Smith's Prop : - 
Following is a '-copy of the stock reply of General. Foods: 



Dear 

•We have your , card dealing with the present music situation on our 
Kate Smith radio program, . Perhaps ; you are not fully acquainted . 
with the music situation and, . therefore, may not know that our not 
playing ASCAP music , is something en th'ely beyond our control. 

'We have always endeavored to. furnish our listeners with the best . 
music available. However; We may.-- use only those /musical selec- 
tions for Which the radio- stations hold liqenses. If the stations are 
not licensed to play, certain music, we/ are i prevented from ujsihg it, V 

'We sincerely regret the situation which exists at the present time ... 
and we- hope that it will be adjusted in the near future. In the mean- 
time, we will furnish our listeners with the best music available to 
us and hope that you will continue to find our programs enjoyable. . 

'•''* Very truly yours, 

\ \ • ■ J. D. North, 

".'". ■'.'•■. Associate Advertising Manager. V 
Brown & Williamson's Rebuttal 

Brown & Williamson's standing reply is that on its programs the 'music 
Is of secondary importance' and that it, tries -to pick the most popular 
of available music which will fit 'in- ''-with ..-the' rest of the program.' 'We 
are,' continues .the letter, 'passing : your card on . to our agency, and . we 
assure you we will make every effort to keep the' music up to the usual 
high standard.' " '•'..'' • 

•• ■ ' ■■■ ■■ ■- ." ' . . -■ • ■ " - : - . ' -. "x: 

Following is a copy, of the Fitch answer; . . .'"'«.—' • 

'We appreciate your comments regarding the music how being played 
on our Band Wagon radio program. 

'By this time, no doubt, you are familiar with; the controversy be- 
tween ASCAP and the radio networks. As long as ASCAP does not 
license the networks to play the music they control— or until such time ; 
as the independent writers' music gains popularity— there isn't much 
we can do. 

'It is our frank opinion that the quickest way this controversy can. 
be settled is by public protest to the Federal Communications Com- 
mission in Washington. ' ■''-.,.-. . = 

'We hope you will be tolerant in this situation, over which we have 
no control, and continue your loyalty to Fitch's Dandruff Remover . 
Shampoo. 

"Thanks for writing us,, as it is. always a pleasure to hear from our - 
Band Wagon passengers.' 

..'•Very truly yours, 

. Gail W. Fitch.; 
THE F. W. FITCH COMPANY 
Advertising Manager. 

In illustration of this phase of the music war Varidtt reproduces In ad- 
Joining column an actual letter as sent out to radio listeners by Ameri- 
can Tobacco, sponsor of the 'Hit Parade,' long a top plug' among the 
commercials and previously upon ASCAP best-sellers. Luckies has im- 
provised a substitute method to carry on with non-ASCAP music, adopting 
the principle of 'most played on the air' (L'e. exclusively BMI or public 
domain) as the guide for the music played by program. 



(Faaimile pt Form LetUr Ui€d by American Tobacco Co.) 






Inc&rwkmio 



C*iM.*AoDf)Mai 

POWWATTA* 

VioM*Orrio« 

;>«.BT.e»TY,ttJi- 




January 15, 1941; 




"0 incinnati, Ohid 
Dear Jliss 

Thank you for your letter of January 11th, and for ". 
your cbmiaents about our radio program, "Your Hit , ; : 

Parade." '■'< "' / . -'i/V. •;"•/' v, ,>>'>.-. '^ '>'•'''' ' ; 

Of course, we regret the ASCAP - BMI s i tuat iori as 
much as anyone, and we sincerely hope that it Will -i 
be cleared up /in the near future . Until it is, ;• 
however, there is readily nothing we can do except - 
to play the ten most popular tunes of the;, week that 
may, be played on coast to coast networks', ';:.• 

I e were very careful to call attention to the 
ASCAP - BMI situation, .and to state that we were 
playing the ten mos t popular tunes of the week 
"that may be played on coast to coast networks," 

We are hot taking sides in this matter in any way. 
We are in exac tly the same position that; ail other v 
network advertisers, are in. ASCAP musio is not 
available to us at the present time, arid we, cannot 
play it until it is made available to us . 

With appreciation of your interest in writing > I .. 
am, 













The ASC AP-radio war threatens to. 
create some complications within the 
ranks of organized labor. NBC 
moved last week, to counteract the 
Efforts of the music publishers' con- 
tactmen's union; to get' other. Ameri- 
can Federation of Labor units to help 
It bring about a settlement of the : 
controversy. Edward F. McGrady, 
an RCA v.p. and former assistant 
Secretary ; of Labor, has .been in- 
jected into; the situation. Before he 
was brought into the RCA organiza- 
tion as a trouble-shooter, McGrady 
was known as one of organized 
labor's most able diplomats. -At presv- 
ent he ' is .also on the NBC board of 
directors. 

McGrady became active in NBC's- 
behalf, On: the music situation after 
Bob Miller, president of the contact- 
men's union, had appealed to the 
New York City Central Trade Union 
Council, an AFL group, for support 
in preserving the jobs of the 500. 
members of his union. Miller told 
the council that unless the fight were: 
settled shortly the very existence . of . 
the contaetmen's union was threat- 
ened. He urged the unions within 
the council to bombard network 
clients, using mysjcal program^, with a 



Mixed Up 



. .. . Philadelphia, Feb. 4. 
. WDAS, one of the : four ; smaU 
stations in the Philly area that 
signed with the American So- 
ciety Of Composers, Authors and 
Publishers, last week received a 
letter addressed: 'WDASCAP, 
Phila/' -c ?''• 



letters urging them to. exercise their 
influence upon the networks toward 
effecting,- a settlement of the conflict 
with ASCAP. Many of the uniOns 
carried but Millers request. , 
Collins Sets Meeting : 

In the course of his inquiry on the 
uhipnsj letter •writing McGrady got 
into touch with William Collins,' east- 
ern representative of the AFL, who 
.was instrumental in "."'" obtaining an 
AFL charter for the / cohtactmen's 
union/ Collins arranged for a meet- 
ing last week between McGrady and 
Miller.; From members" of the cpn- 
tactmen union's executive council it 
was learned that McGrady had 
urged, but with the utmost diplomacy, 
that the union abandon this line Of 
procedure. . These 091111911 members 



added that they would strongly op- 
pose McGrady's suggestion. 

Prior to his meeting with McGrady; 
Miller, it was learned last week, had 
received a. letter of protest from 
Sidney M.' Kaye, Broadcast Music 
organizer. Kaye charged that Miller 
by his appeal to the trade council had 
set one class of union -man against 
ahoth'ery since several union - ; contact- 
men are employed by BMI. ,.; 
: Several weeks ago the; contact-, 
men's '..'union charged BM^. with; vio- 
:Iatirig the fair trades section of the 
contract, existing between, the; two: 
organizations. Kaye entered a. gen- 
eral denial of the charges and asked 
for a bill of particulars. . As ; soon, as 
the union's council has completed 
this bill of particulars the officers of 
BMI will be asked to appear before 
the .union's executive council and de- 
fend themselves from the charges. 

Philadelphia.— Edward Wallis, WIP 
production manager, has been named 
assistant program director and boss 
of publicity. Succeeds. Bob Horn 
who was switched to the announcer 
staff to handle several commercials. 
Wallis' spot as production manager 
will he-taken by Sam Serota^ former 
program director at WHAT. 




Ways and means committee of the American Society of Composers, 
Authors and Publishers has undergone a reshuffling in anticipation of 
the many financial problems which will shortly come up for solution 
within the organization. The big problem will have to do with the 
.conservation of money collected in the event the fight with radio is 
not settled by the time the next royalty distributidh comes due (April 

,-■■..'■■•"■.".'■■ 

It will be up to this committee to decide on what steps should be 
taken for a general reorganization Of ASCAP's economy and; upon 
what basis the royalties should be distributed so that ample coin re- 
mains for carrying on the fight with both radio and the U. S. depart- 
ment: of. Justice, if the latter goes through . with its threatened prose- 
cution.. •.*.':'.-■ , 

The new-wiys' and means committee consists of Gustave Schirmer, 
Saul H. Bornstein,; Louis Bernstein,. 'Otto Harbach and Edgar Leslie. 



OLP GOLD TALENT 

Qoodman Keeps Teddy Wllson T Ham- 
mond oh; Program -; 

Teddy Wilson, will not join the 
Benny Goodman band per rumors. 
Pianist, who was a member of the 
original Goodman outfit, will main- 
tain his own crew, but will cut rec- 
ords and may work with" Goodman 
on latter's new radio commercial. 
Goodman will soon take the air for 
Old Gold ciggies. 

John Hammond, swing enthusiast 
and Columbia Record exec, has been 
signed to accompany Goodman on 
each of the Old Gold broadcasts. His 
chores are not clear as yet. 



FILM HELPS SELL 
- PEPSI-COLA SHOW 



Columbia's WABC in New York 
City has clinched a contract with 
Pepsi-Cola by preceding the usual 
sound audition with a color motion 
picture . made . by Presto Synchro 
showing the audition, being made on 
actual grocery stores. Idea was to 
illustrate manner in which programs 
are recorded (for delayed transmis- 
sion) and the good will dealer an- 
gles. ,"• 

Pepsi-Cola promptly signed for 
'Missus Goes-a -Shopping/ of . which 
John Reed King will be emcee. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



PfiRMETY 



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6th Anniversary— MARTIN BLOCK AND HIS MAKE-BELIEVE BALLBOOM-WNEW. NEW YORK— 6th Anniversary 



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Congratulations 

To the Number 1 Salesman— 

From the World's Number 1 Trumpeter 





And His Orchestra 

1^ 

ELI ELI ^'''^y^'/ • 
MUSIC MAKERS 
A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN 
OLD MAN RIVER 
LA PALOMA 
CHOPIN'S WALTZ IN C SHARP MINOR 



Personal Management— DON A. REID 
1440 Broadway, New York 



Direction— MUSIC CORP. OF AMERICA 



To Martin Block 
"You're the Tops" 





AND HIS 



DECCA RECORDS 



Management 
MUSIC CORP. OF AMERICA 



"Happy birthday to you, 
Happy birthday to YOU, 
Happy BIRTHDAY^ dear MARTIN, 

Happy birthday to you 1"* 





AND BAND 

WJZ-NBC FOR RALEJGHS.. DECCA RECORDS 
GENERAL AMUSEMENT CORPORATION 

*ASCAP-rCoait«i»y Clnyton T. Suiiimy Co. 



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A SUNKBSED 
GREETING FROM 





And His Calif ornians 



CURRENT BLUEBIRD 
RECORDINGS 

MOON OVER AMERICA 

LONELY BREEZE 

MARIA ELENA 

THE PRISONER'S SONG 

OH! HOW I HATE TO GET 
UP IN THE MORNING 

MISSOURI SCRAMBLER 



HOW — ROYAL PALMS — HOW 

Miami, Florida 



Personal Management • 
HARRY W EINSTEIN 



Best Wishes, Martin ! 






AND HIS ORCHESTRA 

CAFE ROUGE 
HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA 

Featuring 
A merica's Most Popular Vocalists 
HELEN O'CONNELL and BOB EBERLY 



Broadcasting for 
TWENTY GRAND CIGARETTES 
Fridays, 9:35—10 p.m. EST 
WJZ and Blue Network 



DECCA RECORDS EXCLUSIVELY 



Personal Manager— BILL BURTON 



GENERAL AMUSEMENT CORP. 



Front One Martin to Anothei 



CONGRATULATIONS 




And His Orchestra 



BLUEBIRD-VICTOR RECORDING ARTISTS 



Beit Wishes 







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Booked Solid Until September 15 



Exclusive DECCA RECORDING ARTISTS 



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, M Frprr) all 'four- stages,* Martin, we're playing a 
special arrangement of 'CONGRATULATIONS and 
BEST WISHES' on both your birthdays." v 





AND HIS ORCHESTRA 

featuring 

ART PERRY^MEREplTH BLAKE 

: on BLUEBIRD RECORDS 

"I Am An American" ^San Antonio Rose" 
*l(eep An Eye On Your Heart" 

WatcH for "Surprise" rdease soon! 
Panoram Soundies—February I Oth 



Currently 

LYRIC THEATRE, INDIANAPOLIS, IND. 

Personal Representative 

ARTHUR PINE 

11 West 42nd Street/ New York City 



Congratulations and Best Wishes 
for Your CotUinued Success 

TERMINAL RADIO 
CORPORATION 

68 West 45th Street, New York 



Radios 



Records 



Phonographs 



Recorders 



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Lots of Good Luck and Best Wishes 
To 4 Nice Guy • ; ;\. : 



latest okeh record releases 

how Come? how did he look? 

it's sad but true so you're the one 
hep-tee-h00tie (the juke box jive) 
i could kiss you for that 



Heartiest Congratulations, 
* Martin ! ■.■ 




And His ORCHESTRA 

featuring 

RAY McKINLEY 

Thanks for the way you've 
featured our best selling 
COLUMBIA RECORDS 

Beat Me Daddy, Eight to 
the Bar 

Scrub Me Mamma* with a 
Boogie Beat 

Down the Road a Piece 

Celery Stalks At Midnight 

There I Co 

Break It to Me Gently 

High on a Windy Hill 

this Little Icky Went to 
Town 

Three Ring Ragout 



. ■ Exclusive Management 
William Morris Agency* Inc. 



Good Luck, 
MARTINI 





And His 
CANDID CAMERA MUSIC 



Now on Dance Tour . . . 
Opening February 17tb. 
New Kenmore Hotel. Albany 



OKEH RECORDS 

5778— Would You Be So Kindly 
Keep Your Eye On The 
■ Girlie You Love 

5720 — Now I Lay Me Down To 

'. ' Dream':' y' 

Basket Weaver .... 

5692— Dreaming Out Loud 

I Wouldn't Take A Million 

5662— Good Night Again 

A Lazy Like-a-Daisy . 
Melody 

5616-rl Won't Go Home Til) You 
" Kiss' Me 

It Wouldn't Be Love • 



Exclusive Management: 

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NKW YORK 
CHICAGO 



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HOLLYWOOD 





CONGRATULATIONS, MARTIN I 

EMPIRE BROADCASTING 
CORPORATION 



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new York city 



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SKEETS HERFERX • 
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AND 

BONNIE BAKER 



vMgt. MUSIC CORPORATION OF AMERICA 



CONGRATULATIONS TO MARTIN BLOCK 
Six years on WNEW, and every year a wow!— from 

MITCHELL 
AYRES 

and his "Fashions in Music" orchestra 

Twelve aides for Bluebird in lour weeks, 
and every side a sensationi 

NOW ON TOUR— DIRECTION MCA 

Persona* Management H. JOHN QLU8KIN 



Makahiki Hou, Martini 

From 





Hawaii's Musical Ambassador to the Mai nland 

HOTEL CLARIDGE, MEMPHIS' 

OPENING FEB. 14, ADOLPHUS, DALLAS 
VICTOR RECORDS— GAO 

Personal Manaflement H. JOHN GLUSKIN 



Congratulations, Martin. 
Best Wishes for Many 
More Birthdays ! 




and the Boys in the Band 

Currently — Hotel Statler, 
Boston 

CBS— Fridays 12 :05-1 2:30 
Saturdays 1 1:15-11:45 

Latest Bluebird Releases 

I DO MEAN YOU 

LONE STAR TRAIL 

SALUD, DINERO Y .AMOR 
DONKEY SERENADE 

HIGH ON A WINDY HILL 
LAST TIME I SAW PARIS 

LAST ROUND-UP 
ACCIDENT'LY ON PURPOSE 

Personal Manager 

MARSHARD'S MUSIC 

Exclusive Management 

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Conpratahtjons, Martin! 





AND HIS ORCHESTRA 

Currently on record- 
breaking theater and 
ball room tour 

Latest Columbia Records 

THE WORLD IS MAD, : 
PARTS I and II 

ROCKING THE BLUES 

VOLCANO 

FIVE O'CLOCK WHISTLE 
MY WANDERING MAN 
DRAFTIN' BLUES 
WHAT'S MY NUMBER? 



Exclusive Management 

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TQ MARTIN BLOCK, THE PIONEER, FOR 
WHOSE HELP WE SHALL BE 
FOREVER GRATEFUL 

Thanks; for Playing x 



FRENESI 
THERE I GO 
BEAT ME DADDY 
DREAM VALLEY 
LOVE OF MY LIFE 
BESSIE'S BLUES 



FIVE O'CLOCK WHISTLE 
THE GOLDEN WEDDING 
YOU'RE THE ONE (FOR ME) 
THE STARS REMAIN 
CHIPS* BOOGIE WOOGIE 
CHIPS' BLUES / i 1 




HERMAN 

And Hig Orchestra 
EXCLUSIVELY DECCA 

HOTEL NEW YORKER 
NOW IN 7TH WEEK AND 
HELD OVER FOR 16 WEEKS 



3 Chips Off Martin Block 

THE 





MAXENE 



LA VERNE 



PATTY 



"We'll Always Remember" 



A Royal Salute to 

THE KING OF THE MCHROPflONE 

FROM 

THE KING OF THE SAXOPHONE 




And HIS ORCHESTRA 

BLUEBIRD VICTOR REGORDiS 

M HEAR A RHAPSODY' 'REDSKIN RHUMBA' 
'WINGS OVER MANHATTAN"POMPTON TURNPIKE' 

ON SOUTHERN TOUR 

Direction MUSIC CORP. OF AMERICA 




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TO MARTIN:— 
YOU'RE 

THE ACE DRUMMER MAN 

GENE KRUPA 

and HIS ORCHESTRA 

EXCLUSIVE COIXTViBIA RECORDINGS 



OPENING FEBRUARY 25 
Frank Dailey's 
MEADOWBROOK, CEDAR GROVE, N.J. 

FOR 6 WEEKS 



PARAMOUNT THEATRE, NEW YORK 

LATTER PART OF APRIL 



CONGRATULATIONS! 



Thinking of You 



KAY KYSER 



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No Make-Believe About This Greeting — 
To Martin Block and His Make-Believe Ballroom 
Happy Anniversary 





AND 





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Greetings ! 




AND HIS ORCHESTRA 



SHOW OF THE WEEK 
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ELLA FilZGERALb 

Decca Records 

ERSKINE HAWKINS 

Bluebird-Victor 

LUCKY MILLINDER 

Columbia Records 

AL COOPER 
And Savoy Sultans 

Decca Records 

TINY BRADSHAW 

' Decca Records 



MAY THE TURNTABLES 
KEEP SPINNING 



BENNY 
GOODMAN 






AND HIS ORCHESTRA 

Featuring AMY ARNELL, DON BROWN 
and KERW1N SOMERVILLE 

CURRENT OKEH RELEASES 

That Old Sweetheart Of Mine 
You're A Lucky Fellow, Mr* Smith 
•Big'n Fat'n 44 

Seven Beers With The Wrong .Woman 



GREATER NEW YORK POT OF GOLD 

Wednesday, 8:30-9 P.M., WMCA— WNEW-^WHN 

Personal Management— JOE GALKIN 



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Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



RADIO 31 










The .Radio Education Committee of the Michigan Secondary . School 
Association in its latest mimemographed bulletin- endorse.s the. CBS . 
'School of the Air* because it's heard in the mornings and regrets that 
many educational^ broadcast by NBC are at the wrong time of the day. 
■ Says the bullettih: 
■'••'■ 'NBC and CBS do not see eye to eye as \6 the solution of the edu- 
cational broadcast problem; While CBS prepares and broadcasts 
a regular schedule of School broadcasts in school time, and supple- ' 
ments this with educational broadcasts at other hours, the NBC 
' has evolved the rather disappointing philosophy that educational 
broadcasts' cannot be' so organized as to adequately meet school * 
needs, i.e. school broadcasts during school hours are of little value ': 
due to time zones throughout our nation, ; and the difficulty of. edu-. . . 
. catprs in adapting their school schedule to hear broadcasts. Hence, . - 
: : many broadcasts, splendidly prepared, which schools might like 
to hear are scheduled for such unseemly hours as 10:30 and 11:30 
.-'-.. p.m.- We wonder who listens to 'Doctor's At Work,' an .■'excellent-.'.." : 
program prepared by the American Medical Association; but sent 
to Michigan listeners at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. How 
. many hear 'Science Unlimited' which reaches us in Michigan: at 
11:30 p.m. on Tuesday? Or 'Story Behind the Headlines' ! at 11:15 
p.m.- oh Fridays? . Certainly 'teachers cannot assign thes£. programs; 
as but-of-school listening at such, an unreasonable hour. 
•• However, NBC does send out the Damrosch hour on Fridays from 
. 2-3 p.m.' and. thus ; contradicts its/own philosophy/ In addition some of 
its public . service features do arrive irt Michigan at a fairly reason- 
able hour. Witness 'Tbwn Meeting'; at. 9:35 p.m. on Thursdays and 'Man 
and the World;' a dramatization of scientine research at 8:15. p.m. on 
Saturdays. It is a difficult task to' please everyone, we know, but 
why not go back to your plan of last year, NBC, and give the. schools . 
some public service during school hours? We liked it, used it, and 
would appreciate .-'it again. ■'.'■. 



Ed Gardner to N.Y. For 
/Duffy's Tavc^l , Show; 
Shirley Booth in Cast 

Schick Razor has closed for the 
CBS-created show; 'Duffy's Tavern,' 
through the J. M. Mathes agency. 
Series! featuring Ed Gardner as 
'Archie,' starts in the CBS 8:30-8:55 
p.m. Saturday spot March 1. John 
Kirby's orchestra and Gardner's, 
wife, Shirley Booth, are the only two 
other items set. 'Duffy's Tavern* 
makes the first and only sale of the 
'Forecast' shows which the Colum- 
bia networkv-put on last ' summer. 
Gardner gets $4,000 a week on the 
package deal. 

Since 'Tavern* will have to be 
done from New Yorlc Gardner is 
due to : give up his assignment of 
producer on the Rudy Vallee-Seal- 
test- show, which originates regular- 
ly from : Hollywood. Abe Burrows, 
chief comedy writer on the Vallee 
stanza, is making the shift with 
Gardner. Miss Booth is currently 
playing the lead. in. 'My Sister 
Eileen;' at the Biltmore, . N. Y., and 
the curtain will have, to be held f«i»- 
her at the Saturday night. perform- 
ance. 



Three Years of Groundwork 
Beginning to Show -Results 
for Guild— Also Organiz- 
ing News Writers at CBS, 
and Later at NBC -^-Lit- 
erary Rights to Work : In- 
volved 





AT WMCA, NX 



Joe Rines takes oyer the post of 
musical director at WMCA, New 
York, March . 22. He replaces Lee 
Grant as leader of the station house 
band. Grant and his outfit of 11 
men are currently on the required 
eight-week notice which expires just 
prior to the date. Lou Wachs, sax 
playing member of Grant's outfit, 
who is the union' contractor for the 
outlet, is the only one who remains. 

Rines has headed outfits of his own 
at the St. Regis hotel, NV Y, for 
many seasons. For awhile he dropped 
that calling, however, to operate the 
Club Evergreen, Bloomfleld, N. J. 
That was last summer. More re- 
cently he directed a band at the 
Providence-Biltmore hotel. Provi- 
dence, R. I. 



GAFFNEY LEAVES CBS 
FOR MAGAZINE JOB 



. Maury Gaffney, copy and promo- 
tion writer for CBS during the past 
three years and prior to that CBS 
trade press chief, has resigned, . He 
will head- the promotional depart- 
ment of Magazine Marketing Serv- 
ice, a non-profit organization spohr 
sored by the 63 leading magazines 

i.to further magazine Interests. 

Laura Hopson is also out of a CBS 

' sales promotion. 



Old Gold Tests Start 



Old Gold starts, both its test shows 
this coming week. 'Four Corners, 
U.S.A.' serial goes on the ' Yankee 
Network Sunday (9) from 3 to 3:30 
p.m. and Benny Goodman debuts 
for the cig account on a single sta- 
tion, WJZ, N.Y., the next evening. 
(10). " y 

Goodman's time Is 7: 30 -8 p.m. 



Actors Union Weighs Wax Code 

To Negotiate or to Impose Is the Choice of Strategy 

on Transcriptions 




UNION SHOP? 



American Federation of . Radio 
Artists national board may decide, 
at its weekly meeting in New York 
tomorrow (Thursday) on the pro- 
cedure to be followed' in setting up 
a code for transcription production. 
Two alternatives are open. One 
would be to submit the 'final' draft 
• to the transcription makers for ne- 
gotiation. The other would be to 
attempt to- impose it without further 
discussion. This'wbuld be ; done by 
notifying all AFRA members not t» 
appear on transcription programs un- 
less; the company has signed the 
code and is observing AFRA's pro- 
posed regulations. 

Emily Holt, national executive sec- 
retary, planed to Detroit yesterday 
(Tuesday) morning to obtain .a re- 



newal of the sbpn-to-expire contract 
With station WXYZ there. , No- dif- 
ficulty is anticipated on the matter. 
Existing agreement covers sustaining 
and .commercial programs- and ..all 
classifications of staff and free-lance 
announcers, singers and actors. No 
changes iaf e. expected in. the, .new 
pact, Mrs. Hoit is; expected back. in 
New York in time for- tomorrow's 
national board meeting'. 

•Issuance of AFRA licenses to tal-. 
ent agents is : nearing completion- 
Only about 20 or 30 doubtful cases 
are pending and the union hopes to 
have them cleaned up within a few 
weeks. All the agents have applied 
and the principal, complications are 
merely matters of incomplete data 
supplied by the percenters, • • 



After three years of steady ground- 
work, the ;Rddio_ Writers Guild is 
■about to win recognition and . >; 
tensive concessions on three diff er.- 
ent fronts almost simultaneously. 
Agreements have , already ■ been 
worked out for staff scripter con- 
tracts at NBC and CBS and for news 
writers at CBS: In addition, negb- 
tiatibns for a contract with the ad- 
vertising agencies is making rapid 
progress. . '■''/''..• '■'.■' '• 

. All essential details of the agree- 
ments for NBC and CBS staff script- 
ers have been settled and . the conr 
tracts are now being put into final 
form by attorneys for the network 
and Guild. Pacts will probably be 
sighed within a week or two. They 
will provide, for a Guild shop, base 
pay for sustaining writers, with ex- 
tra coin for commercial programs 
.and for audition scripts for ..shows to 
be submitted for sponsorship. 

Other provisions are for salary in- 
creases and clarify the ownership 
and disposal of subsidiary, rights. In 
the latter category, the general re- 
quirement . is that the author gets 
90% of literary and dramatic rights 
and 75% of the picture rights, but 
the company will act as agent for 
six .months after the material ' is 
written, . after which the writer will 
handle his own deals. 
. . Guild was unable to obtain any 
concession as to the repeat broad- 
cast rights on scripts, the networks 
retaining rights for all subsequent 
broadcasts, regardless of whether or 
not the writer is still in the com- 
pany's employ. • Any material writ- 
ten on the author's own time re- 
mains his own property, but he may 
not write radio material (which 
would theoretically be in competi- 
tion with his output for the company, 
employing him) without the net- 
work's consent. ' • . - 

Verbal agreement for news writ-, 
ers at CBS .calls for. Guild- shop, 
minimum salaries (generally, involv- 
ing boosts over present pay), an ap- 
prentice classification (with a pro- 
viso that no more than .20% of the 
writers may be apprentices), general 
salary raises; ownership of all ma- 
terial written on the employee's own 
time; Deal, which is to be put into 
writing: soon, will be retroactive to 
Jan. 1. It does not provide for extra 
pay for sponsored shows. . 

Meet With Four A»« 

Several meetings have been held 
by committees representing the; 
build and the American Assn. . of 
Advertising Agencies and another ■ is; 
slated for tomorrow (Thursday). 
Guild committee includes Erik Bar-, 
nouw, Katharine Seymour, Stuart 
Hawkins (replacing Ruth Adams 
Knight, ■ who ' ■' M Henry . Fisk. 
Carlton and Luise Sillcox. Commit- 
tee for the Four A's includes A. K. 
Spencer';';. (J.' -.. 'Waltbr; Thompson),, 
chairman; Leonard Bush;. (Compton), 
C. Lawtoh Campbell • (Rulhrauff 
St Ryan) and Frederick . Gamble 
(Four A's). •'. 

■ From-: the- outset' the Guild has run 
into the- same difficulty with the 
Four A's committee that the Ameri^ 
can Federation of Radio Artists en- 
countered, two'- years ago. That is, 
the Four A's, dependent on the good 
will of its member agencies, .and 
without actual authority, is" unabie 
to come to any agreement binding oh 
the agencies. However, the Guild 
figures it has three possible alterna- 
• (Continued on- page 46) '•- 



1,500 Moppet Programs in U.S. A. 



, By ROBERT J. LANDRY ; 

. , Upon completion of a six imbnths 
trip by automobile to 168 cities and: 
including personal calls upon 341 
radio stations (and correspondence 
With another- 150)' Mrs. Dorothy 
Lewis, of The National Council • on 
Children's Programs, reported Tues r 
day (4) at a luncheon at the Hotel 
Roosevelt, New York, some of her 
conclusions. . . 

. These are more or less her general 
impressions: . .'■-.'' ; ' 
• 1. The natural , children's hour : ' 
5-6 p.m. and the /our time ' zones 
suggest transcriptions; rather than; 
networks, . as the . ideal kid- show 
■medium.- ; ' • ' * ' •" : - •' / • 

2. Every radio station in the coun- 
try should be encouraged by club- 
women to Have at least one half- 
hour devoted to childhood entertain-. 
jrient between 5-8 p.m. 

,3. Lower time rates for children's 
hour programs should be urged upon 
broadcasters as a' possible contribu- 
tion to public seruice. 

.4, There should be more educa- 
tional touches in the ' showmanship 
programs and more showmanship in 
the educational programs for kids. 
. 3. More consideration should be 
given for the child's sense of humor 
and its development. 
.-'.■ 6. Advertising agencies should 
give local story tellers a sympathetic 
hearing. '■ 

The remarks of "Mrs. Xewls were 
tentative and will be reduced to 
careful, documented data for subse- 
quent distribution by tha National 
Association of Broadcasters, which 
encouraged the survey "and provided 
$1,500 as part of the travelling ex- 
penses for Mrs. Lewis and her daugh- 
ter.. 

1,500 Kid Programs 

There are, it would appear froth 
the partially analyzed data of the 
Lewis swingaround, some 1,500 sep- 
arate programs on American radio 
stations falling into the 'children's 
show' category. These range from 
the standard Saturday morning ama- 
teur frolic to programs promoted by 
librarians, school boards, music in- 
structors, Boy and Girl Scout- enter- 1 
prises, etc. .-.-:' 

Mrs. Lewis reports exceptional ac- 
tivity of rural county schools where 
the students prepare complete radio 
entertainments. Kids . are . brought 
into a nearby town by bus to broad- 
cast. Local : historical material is 
being exploited more and more and 
the Junior Leagues around the coun- 
try are interesting themselves in kid's 
programs. Quiz wiz stuff, special 
news programs for children are also 
on the upbeat. 

The Saturday morning amateur 
shows have been 'cheap and easy' 
and on the whole fairly popular. 



They usually are staged in a ' local 
theatre with a moving picture tossed 
in to rhake ; a complete y halfday. of 
entertaihmentl Music 7 teachers of the 
10-quick-lessOns. genre .■'; are priming 
children for such .single -appearances^ 
on the radio,, this being the. goal, the, 
end. and the payoff of ; all cultural 
appiicatioh. Mrs. Lewis frowns upon 

' some of these odshoots of the phe- 

! nomenon. 

! . Along the route of her nation-wide 
..grand, tour the clubwomen's repre- 
■ se'ntatiye beat the drum for tho 
N.A.B. code. .' She; met leaders of all 
sorts of . women's groups, some, 5,000 
of them, arranged the. distribution of 
54,000 copies of the code, made. 63 
broadcasts, .hundreds bit speeches, 
•wrote' 1,200 letters . and . reports and 
consumed creamed chicken, green 
peas and shoestring potatoes at more 
luncheons, 'dinners and banquests 
than she likes to remember, or would : 
want to repeat. ■■ • ' 

The big source of satisfaction for 
the ladies is Mrs: Lewis' coup in per- 
suading General Mills to make a 
$4,000. cash grant to the radio divi- 
sion of the. University of Iowa for ; 
experiments in children's programs. 
This is first time a commercial broad- 
caster has made a grant of the kino?, 
usually provided by endowed foun- 
dations. 



HILLS SHOWS 
DOWN 





Two . of the three network shows 
of the American Tobacco Co. (Lucky 
Strike) have been undergoing a con- 
sistent downtrend in rating. The 'Hit 
Parade' is now down to 15.7 and a 
Kay Kyser to 20, 'Information, j 
Please,' the exception, this time , re- " 
covered its previous depression and 
obtained a rating of 15.1. - : 

Interesting sidelight on 'Informa- 
tion' is its relative rating to another 
quiz, 'Truth or Consequences' (Proc- 
ter & Gamble). Latest rating of 
•Truth' is 15.6. George Washington 
Hill's bill* for 'Information' is $8,500 
a week, whereas P&G's overall cost 
on 'Truth* is around $1,400. 

American Tobacco explains this 
disparity of ratings' away with the 
remark - that there is still quite a 
difference in the classes of audience 
and that it originally acquired 'In- 
formation' for the type of listeners 
it drew. 




Accounting Division Now Making Report on Matter 
to Chairman James L. Fly 



Washington, Feb. .4. 
.. Impositibn of a license fee or rev- 
enue or. wattage . . tax— designed 
chiefly to defray cost of regulitibri; 
not bolster Federal income generally 
— looms oh the horizon once more. 
Studies' to determine scale of charges 
that would make, the Federal Com- 
l.munications.'. Commission , selfrsupr . 
I porting are nearing a .'.conclusion, 
j and the subject , is to ;be weighed 
! shortly by. the. regulators. . : 
■ /Report discussing possible, bases 
i for payments by the industry is be- 
: ,ing : written by -the- FCC ^accounting, 
department at the suggestion ; . of 
( Chairman James L." Ely, who indi;- 
cated recently he , feels .' there is. 
j merit in . repeated^ suggest: . that 
- the stations should make a monetary 
contribution toward the. support of 
the Commjsh. In the past there 
• have been, suggestions that teler 
I phone . and . telegraph .companies, 



ships, amateurs, and all others un- 
der- . Commish . ' jurisdiction a Is o 
should help pay the bill, which nor- 
mally Is in the neighborhood of' 
$2,000,000 to $2^00.000 a year. 

Flat 15% impost on either net or. 
gross take of stations and" rielwo rks 
was suggested recently by Rep. 
Richard B. WiggleswOrtV of Massa- 
chusetts, while the labor unions i ■ 
the printing trades have come out 
for a graduated scale of taxes on the 
aggregate income, of all but the 
smalles transmitters. 

•On the basis of 1939 reports to the 
FCC, a levy. . Wiggleswbrth sug- 
gested would produce considerably 
more than the Commish normally 
spends even if limited to the net 
profits. And if imposed On the 
gross revenue, .the tax yield would 
be materially more than the . Treas- 
ury now' gets from a number of 
misce)lane.o.us'.sOur<res,: % ■ 



Wednesday* February 5, 1941 




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Wednesday, February 5, 1941 




Persons': close to Col. Robert F. 
McCormick, owner and publisher of 
the Chicago Tribune and WGN, are 
wondering whether he will abandon 
the idea of making WMCA the New 
York outlet for the Mutual Network 
now that there is no chance of him 
and his New York associate-partner, 
Capt. Joseph Medill Patterson, get- 
ting control .of WMCA. Latter .sta- 
tion's ownership passed to Edward 
Noble, chairm an °t the Life Savers 
board, several weeks ago. Patterson 
Is publisher of the N. Y. Paily News^ 

Capt. Faittersbn, who has backed 
President-Roosevelt on all his para- 
mount issues but the lend-lease bill, 
was interested in getting WMCA. 
When, it is reported, Washington ef- 
forts failed the captain approached! 
Donald Flatrim, WMCA's ..licensor, 
but the latter. had;'aU'eady.; closed his 
deal with Noble: Noble declared last 
week that no approach has been 
made to him by the News publisher. 
Patterson has already undertaken to 
obtain a frequency-modulation fran- 
chise.: 

As understood in the radio trade 
McCormick has for some time been 
dissatisfied with the schedule clear- 
ances that Mutual has been receiving 
on commercial program from WOR, 
the network's New York key and 
major stockholder, ami he thought 
the iNew York situation might be 
remedied if his publishing partner,' 
Capt. Patterson, .could acquire the 
ownership of some New York' sta- 
tion. WOR's local commitments have 
frequently, made it impossible for 
Mutual to guarantee the same time 
on WOR as for other parts of a com- 
mercial hookup. As a result of this 
situation WOR has had to resort to 
the device of delayed • (recorded) 
broadcasts for Mutual accounts. 

McCormick has during ,the past 
two years taken an active interest 
In radio, appearing frequently on 
programs that :WGN feeds to the 
Mutual Network. His stock owner- 

«ip in Mutual is no greater than 
OR'i. Each owns 24% of the stock, 
•ind as new stockholders come In 
each Is committed to surrender an 
equal . number of shares ' so that 
neither can exercise more stock con- 
trol than the other. 

BIRMINGHAM 



STRICTLY CHEERFUL WTMJ 

Declines Program of -Wisconsin 
Monument Builders ' Association : ; : 



: Milwaukee, Feb. 4. 
. When the Wisconsin Monument 
Builders held their annual state con- 
vention here this past week they 
concluded after lengthy discussion 
that a good' way to plug the. grave- 
stone business would be to put a 
radio show of. appropriate design on 
the air about three times a week for 
a 52-week peiiod,. just for a thorough 
tryo'ut, and arranged a liberal budget 
accordingly..: •; ',•'.••'•.'••• w. 

BuV when the duly- delegated.;com- ; 
mittee called upon' WTMJ execs to 
close a deal and sign contracts they 
met with a rebuff that floored them. 
The memorial craftsmen were in- 
formed that WTMJ would accept-no 
commercial to ■ advertise mpnuhients, 
mortuaries or' " cemeteriesT^that it 
was the station's fixed policy to ban 
programs that might, have a depress- 
ing effect upon: 'any of its : listening 
audience which in the main\is seekV 
ing; entertainment from. its radios.:- :■'■■ 
Incidentally, other WTMJ inhihi- 
lions are night clubs, mixed drinks 
and liquor of^allvkirids. /Beer is O.K. 



PEPPER ON DISCS 

Jaok Arthur, Margaret MeCrae, Pick 
s>nd Pa*, V»n Steeden on Series 

San Antonio, Feb. 4L 
Dr. Pepper Bottling Co., will iri- 
augurate a transcribed spot, campaign 
on a group of ,33 stations. Broad- 
casts will be aired here through 
WOAI and have been set through 
Benton & Bowles. 

On the half hour show titled the 
Dr. Pepper Parade, Jack Arthur will 
be .male soloist, Margaret McCrae 
will be the feminine vocalist as 
Pretty Peggy Pepper. There'll be 
a comedy sequence by . Pat Padgett 
and Pick Malone (Pick and Pat), 

Orchestra under the baton of Peter 
Van Steeden. 

: First airing will be Feb. '14, 



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Washington, Feb. 4. 

Long fight lor transfer of license 
of WAP1 from an Alabama college 
group to Voice of Alabama, Inc., was 
won Thursday (30) when the Fed- 
eral Communications Commission 
granted the plea for voluntary as 
•ignihent. 

A few changes in the leasing ar 
rangements between the colleges and 
the Voice of Alabama company ter 
minated a long legal struggle arising 
from Commish displeasure over the 
original proposal. The present li- 
censees— Alabama Polytechnic Insti- 
tute, University of Alabama and 
Alabama College— will retain owner- 
ship of - the . station's physical equip- 
ment which will be leased to the 
assignee, but will, take no part in 
the operation of : the transmitter. 

Request for a voluntary assignment 
of license to Voice of Alabama was 
turned down by the FCC two. year's 
ago, and the United States Supreme 
Court held the Commish denial could 
not be appealed to the District of 
Columbia Court of Appeals because 
of a technicality resulting from 
phraseology used in the statute. Re- 
quest was •: made shortly afterwards 
by WAPI and the Columbia Broad- 
casting. System (which has a large 
minority . interest in Voice , of Ala- 
bama, {he.) for creation of a special 
3-judge court In Alabama to review 
the Commish's action. 

Need, for further .legal action was 
nullified with last week's approval 'of 
the application: Principal objection 
of the Commish — over a long-term 
lease with recapture clause in the 
original proposal— has been removed 
with the recapture clause deleted 
.and a . more equitable leasing ar- 
rangement provided.- * 



Schneiderwind, Who 
Raised WJBK Issue, Is 
'Conscientious Objector' 



Detroit, Feb. 4. 
After provoking some uproar here 
In claiming he was dismissed from 
a radio station to circumvent his re- 
hiring as an announcer when . he 
returned from' the draft, Henry C. 
Schneiderwind, who worked pro- 
fessionally under the name of Henry 
Charles, turned out to be Detroit's 
first conscientious objector to the 
same draft. 

His accusation that station WJBK 
let him out on New Year's Eve be 
cause he was headed for the Army 
and it was a way of evading the law 
—a charge denied by the studio 
which said his release was in the 
normal course of business— brought 
a Federal warning to stations here 
not to fire employees on the eve of 
their being drafted. Warning was 
not sharp, for all the stations here 
have issued statements that any em 
pioyees drafted will find their, old 
jobs waiting when they return. 

Schneider wind's . conscientious ob 
jections did not take the form of re 
fusal to register in the draft. He 
merely indicated himself as opposed 
to war on foreign soil, that his con- 
science, would not permit him v to kill 
a man on foreign soil. ; The Army 
assigned him to Camp Custer and 
indicated on his card that he was to 
be assigned to non-combatant work, 





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. \ ] Omaha, Feb. 4. 

Something ;,of the-' extent of . the 
giveaway business radio . has gone 
into is shown in a . display at WOW. 
where 21 premiums offered in the 
next six months are on view. In- 
cluded is everything from dishes, 
saucepans to Bibles, cameras to 
house dresses. Promotion Manager 
Howard O. Peterson arranged the 
display. Premiums .were catalogued 
as follows: juvenile, 11; kitchen; 8; 
household, 18; miscellaneous, 12; 
maps, books, stationery, etc., 18; 
cosmetics, 8; Jewelry, 6. Most fre- 
quently ;used premium .was. tear 
spoons. Jewelry also popular. Ju- 
venile glveaaways included games, 
handkerchiefs, cutout books, etc. 
During week of January 5 alone, 
WOW offered 22 premiums; 



Freelance Radio Actor 
St I. in Jug as TKef 



'.' St Louis, Feb, 4. 

Howard W. Sanders, 29, a free- 
lance radio actor: and entertainer, 
known as Hugh Sanders was jugged 
by local cops last week and Is said 
to .have confessed to one burglary 
and six thefts of women's purses 
that netted him $37 in cash arid two 
diamond rings valued at $450 since 
last October. . Cops say that Sanders, 
in the guise of an entertainer, visited 
homes where . mustcales, etc., were 
given, arid copped the . purses arid 
rings, At one of the homes the 
family was absent so Sanders made 
a forced entrance. 

He sold one of the rings to his 
girl friend for $10 and presented her 
with the other. Sanders is on pa- 
role from a sentence of one year in 
the city workhouse for. similar thefts 
in 1939. Sanders has had roles in 
'The Land We Live In' series pro- 
duced by KMOX for the Union Elec- 
tric Co. of Missouri. 



Fabulous Doc Brinkley Bankrupt 



Most Colorful of Radio's Early Medicine Showmen 
Cornea to Grief in Texas 



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17V * NEW YORK CITY 

Mildred Lynn,, radio actress, has left the hospital after three weeks' 
treatment for infection from burns received while getting a permanent 
wave . : . .Frank Dahm replaced Frank Gould and Ken. McGregor succeeded- 
Hi Brown as writer and director, respectively, of 'City Desk',.. .James 
Melghan played the lead last week, instead of Chester Strattori. . Arnold 
Moss, added to The O'Neills'. .. .Bert Gordon and Jinx . Falkenberg who 
closed Saturday (1) in 'Hold on to Your Hats,' planed to the Coast for 
spots on tonight's (Wednesday) Eddie Cantor, show. . . .Glenda Farrell 
guests Saturday (8) on 'Lincoln Highway'. 

John E. McMiUli^Compton radio head, goes to the Coast the end of the 
month for a vacation. . ; .Adrian Rollini trio does a one-timer oh the Alec 
Templeton show Friday night (7).... Will Bradley and Ray McKinney. 
guest ori the same. stanza Feb. 28, from Chicago. . . .Ralph Edwards taking 
his Truth or Consequences' show to Baltimore next week, to Los Angeles 
and Sah Francisco in March arid is being booked for the Interstate circuit 
in Texas. ...NilesTrammell chairman ..of the civilian mobilization com- 
mittee for the Salvation Army fund drive. ^, .WINS has set plans for 
covering all track: meets at Madison Squire: Garden this winter. ... . WNYC 
will air its i second: annual American music: festival Feb. 12-22.*. .Kennedy 
Ludlum, WOV announcer, changed his name to Bob Kennedy, but quickly 
Switched back when a Norfolk, Va . femme looked him up because she 
had been desertcid by a husband of that name. . v , '. 

Maurice C. Dreicer, the 'one-man broadcasting Industry/ has still an. 
other new series on WOV. .. .it's 'Who Is It?' and involves listeners guess- : 

ing the identity of celebrities, via waxed spiels Henry Morgan" now 

heard coast-to-coast via Mutual, having added a rebroadcast to his six- 
weekly series. ... has dropped all staff announcing, but continues on Morey 
Amsterdam's 'Laugh and Swing Club'. . William, A, Schudt, Jr., Columbia 
Records general ... manager, recovered from three-week flu attack . . ... ; 
Frazier Hunt, now roving reporter qh Mutuali leaving for trip to gatber: 
broadcast material. . .. .Frank A. McMahon, producer of 'Gay -90's' - series, 
has taken offices, in the CfiS building. - 

Pauline: Alpert) pianist over WOR, VdoubUng in the show at the Sutton 
hotel, ... WINS airing 'Band That Came to Breakfast* shows Friday morn- 
ings, with !grub. and coffee, plus swing sessions by visiting name orches- 
tras, at the : Mayflower, hotel. . . .25 listeners, chosen for their letters ' to 
the program, are. also guests: . . .Harold Manson now narrator, on 'It .Ha'pv 
pened This Week* series on WHN. . 

Arlerie Francis will he one of the two leads, on WOR's flve-a-week '9:40 
Shopper's Club' for ; Macy's, starting Feb. 17. ii. . Juan Jose Saro will sub 
Saturday (8) arid Tuesday (11) on WOR for Don Arres, while the latter 
plays a Philly theatre date, ...Marian Shockley on last Friday night's (31) 
Kate Smith show. .. .Jean Muir a guest oh 'Your Favorite Song*. 

Hu Shihj Chinese ambassador; Ian Mackenzie, Canadian minister of 
health, and Sir Willmott Lewis, head of the American 'bureau of the 
London Times, will address the 'School of. the Air of ' the Americas' at 
Atlantic City Feb. 27 and in New York Feb. 28-March 1. ...Leland Stowe, 
George Sokolsky, Lawrence Dennis and Maurice Hindus . guest speakers 
on torhorrow (Thursday) night's 'Town Meeting of the Air. . . .Augustiri 
Lara, Mexican composer and pianist, will do. four programs of his own 
triusic^ over NBC blue (WJZ ) ' Wednesday and Friday nights of this week 
and next. .. .because he didn't want to give Western Union all the plugs, 
Darryl Zahuck ordered all mentions of the company's name deleted from , 
the script for the excerpt from the forthcoming picture of that name, ' 
when the piece was done, on the Kate Smith show last week with Robert 
Young. . 

Dr. Henry Lee Smith doing it the hard way on his. 'Where Are You 
From ' series over WOR-Miitual by using professional actor guests on the 
show. . . .Peggy Conklln and Albert Hackett, leads of 'Mr. and Mrs. North,' 
are tonight's .• (Wednesday ) visitors. .. .WOR's beauty advice show, 'Here's 
Looking at Yo'u,' . moved to a night spot . . . .'Ahasuerus and : Esther,' new 
opera by Polish refugee, Ignatz Waghalter, gets its first American per- 
formance Monday (10) night over WQXR, with the composer conducting 
and the cast deluding Beatrice Lind, Igor Gutman, William Tucker, Paul 
Dennis arid Saul Meisels. ' . ■ 

Jane West, author of 'The O'Neills,' played role last week despite bron- 
chitis. ...now she has written herself out of the script and leaves for 
Florida, Feb. 13.. ..Richard E. O'Dea of WNEW left for a three-week 
vacation in Florida oyer the weekend... .Spencer Bentley back to Work . 
for Paramount newsreel as narrator and bri radio skits after . bronchial 
attack kept him from talking for nearly 10 days; 

Walter Houston guests on 'Campbell Playhouse' Feb. 14 and March 7.... 
Jeannette MacDoriald and Gene Raymond have the assignment Feb. 21 . 
and Paul Muni fills the: spot Feb. 28. .. .Douglas Fairbanks is the one this 
Friday (7) night. . . .Anna Erskine has gone to Woodstock, N. Y., ,for a week 
.... 'Uncle Bob' Sherwood, retired acrobatic clown, guests tomorrow" 
(Thursday) afternoon on 'Around Staten Island' via WNYC... ; Peg La- 
Centra made an audition recording last week for a new commercial, series 
....she's already vocalist pn the Gulden program. 

Wythe Williams out of the hospital and recuperating from flu. . . .Charles 
Stark begins new' serieB, 'Music for Today,' on WABC this week.... 
George Bryan announcing: the 'Aldrlch Family'- . • .Ed Mayehoff's one- 
man show off WOR-Mutual. .. .slated to return soon in a variety series.... 
Paul Stewart on 'Manhattan at Midnight' tonight" (Wednesday)... .guests 
on the Andre Kostelanetz-Albert Spalding show include Muriel Dickson 
this Sunday (9), followed by John Charles Thomas and Rise Stevens.... 
others to be heard, soon include Rose Hampton, Lily Pons, Gladys Swarth- 
out arid James Melton. ' 



. ■ : // Sah 1 Antonio; Feb;. 

Dr, John . R, Brinkley, fabulous 
broadcasting coctor and operator of 
a medico leaflet- and prescription 
mail order house, is bankrupt. He 
filed in ^he Federal district court 
here listing assets of only . $30,000. < 
. Long resident, at Del Rio, Texas, 
in an imposing shpwplace from 
which he operated XERA just across 
the border in Mexico, Brinkley has 
more recently returned to Little 
Rock, Arkansas. It has been his re- 
cent habit to commute from Little 
Rock to Del Rid in. a private aero- 
plane. Part of his broadcasts were 
in person, part through transcrip- 
tions. ;' ■ : ■■•: 

Brihkley's income has in the past 
run to Wall Street dimensions. His 
staff's wholesale prostate gland op- 
erations on the farmers and hill- 
billies of the great south-middle- 
west area were commonly supposed 
to gross , ovef $1,000;000 a : year. 
Brinkley'* notoriety and his prac* 
tlce wen alike results of his . dar- 



ingly .frank radio broadcasting. 
During his Mllford, Kansas days and 
after his Mexican 'exile' (forced by 
Washington), he was the arch-proto- 
type of the mail order . physician to 
the world . at large. He had an 
elaborate, yacht, loaded himself and 
his wife with sparklers arid main- 
tained a teen-age son with a valet 
arid ultra car. • . r ' . 

It has been freely rumored in 
recent months that Brinkley 's con- 
tinued teriure of a Mexican wave- 
length was lri danger. Political 
changes, good neighbor ism and de- 
sire of powerful Mexican business 
interests to*recapture the profitable 
border stations aft combined to pre^ 
sent Brinkley with a set-up where 
his prospects were Clouded. Brink- 
ley could, it was reported; no longer 
stand the gaff. 

Norman Baker,'* his contemporary 
In offside broadcasting, has been In 
eclipse some, three years. Like 
Brinkley the American Government 
hounded him to the Mexican border. 
Baker's specialty was cancer. 



liV HOLLYWOOD 

Lawrence Lowman came to town but the casualty list at Columbia 
Management was negligible after he crossed the border into Mexico.. Only 
George Johnston, a 'recruit f rorrt the studio tours staff, and Jeanne Burke, 
office worker, were parted from the payroll . ... .Bill Morrow and Ed 
Beloin- finding more: inspiration, and less distraction arourid . the:, desert 
cactus near P>lm Springs, hence most of the scripts for Jack Benny are 
dreamed up there. . . .Ben Bernie: moving the lads east this week for the 
Bromo series. Ditto for Horace Heidt and his Pot o' Golders . , . .NBC let 
down the bars on the Greek relief show from Chinese theatre Feb. 8 and 
, made it availablie to .ail stations. Original deal gave the chain an exclu- 
sive. Tariff for broadcast is $10 a head for n the 2,000-seat house.... 
Charlie Bullotti oiit.' as producer of Tommy ; Dorsey!s J Fame and Fortune* , 
. .. .Danny Danker one of the town's many grippe -victims and bedded for 
better part of a week. . . .King's Men held, for another quarter on 'Fibber 
McGee arid Molly'. . .. .Nancy; Gray, transcribing star interviews for Mil- 
waukee Journal station. .. . Gayne Whitman, the original 'Chandu,' will 
calL the sponsor's shots with Kay Kys*r beginning Feb. 12; : " . "'■ 

IN SAN FRANCISCO > . 

Ernie. Smith of KYA back from Mexico City . . . . Jennings Pierce added 
things up ..and fln<Js KGOtKPO pumping out 94 public service prograrhs 
weekly. . . .Gene Clark, NBC sales promotion manager, named to Frisco 
C. of C. Domestic trade committee .... KYA* weekly Chamber of Commerce 
programs are being waxed for international rebroadcast .on KGEI at 5:30 
a.m. Tuesdays . . . . KFSO is handling a- course in radio appreciation for 
Frisco Junior College,, with weekly lectures by R. W. Dumm, special events, 
Haan Tyler, radio sales, Lincoln Dellar, station management and Doc 
Howard, engineering. ...Phil Bovero, composer-arranger, added to KGO- 
KPO musical staff. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



Mutual January Gross, $505,231; 



f<MStETT 




NBC and- Columbia; has clamped 
down on the trade or. public release 
of its monthly billings. : Mutual, 
W hich was hot invited by -NBC . and 
CBS to participate in .this .change 
of policy, will continue to give but 
the information^ Mutual's gross for 
this January Was $505,231; or 59% 
what it had been .for the like 

:■ month of 1940., . ; 
. The two earlier networks have 

■-. been sensitive. for some time to the 
use which this published Jnfbrmatiori 
about their income- has beeri put In, 
particularly controversies With labor 

. groups, ASCAP and educational ele-; 
merits. NBC; arid . Cbumfcia f ound a 
way out of the dilemma . during the 
convention of the National Associa- 
tion of Broadcasters in San ..Frahr 
Cisco last August when .there was ih- 
trbduced a resolution urging the in- 
dustry to cease talking about its time 
billings in .terms . of . dollars, but 
rather translate this Into terms of 
time units. 

. It was also proposed that the 
N.A.B.. release this: network info; 
The resolution went through. Idea 
edvanced at; the tiriie was that the 

. unit arrangement would serve as a 
basis of cornparisori with newsprint 
and magazine advertising.. 



Elliott Roosevelt Fdes 
To Recover in 
Tr anscontiitental Corp. 



Wilmington, Del., Feb. 4. 

Elliott Roosevelt, son of the' Presi 
dent, today ' filed a . claim', with the 
receivers' Of the Transcontinental 
Broadcasting System, Inc., a dis- 
solved Delaware corporation, for 
$70,000 as holder of 4,000 shares of 
Class A stock of the system. The 
claim was filed with: the Court of 
Chancery here. . i 

Chancellor W. W. Harrington ap- 
pointed Daniel F. Wolcott and Harry 
H. Steham as receivers for the sys- 
tem on Nov. 12, 1940, and on Dec. 
16 ordered all creditors and hold- 
ers of Class A stock to file their 
claims. The deadline for claims Is 
Feb. 20. Roosevelt's claim was filed 
through his. attorney, Milton Diar. 
mondV 



Geva on WINS 



.. Most ambitious dramatic .show yet 
attempted by WINS, New York, will 
be started this week, with Irving 
Strouse, former press : agent, in 
charge. Half -hour series, spotted at 
4:30 pV;m. Sundays, will be tabbed 
•Invisible Theatre of the. Air.' 

Tamara Geva, legit actress and 
dancer, will be the permanent star. 
First ..■■■stanza--. -will be "The, Ciystai 
Bail,' by Robert Greeri;, Second Will 
be. 'Hitler Goes to Heaven/ by 
Myron C. Fagan. ; 






KMMJ GOES TO DAILY 

Seven of Nebraska's 13 Station's Be- 
long to the Press 



Grand Island, Neb., Feb. 4. 

. Grand- Island . Independent' /has 
bought KMMJ, the 500-watter owned 
formerly by Don Searle, who is gen- 
eral manager of the Central States 
(KOIL, KFOR, and KFAB) Broad- 
casting System. Price not disclosed. 

.Deal pends approval from the FCC, 
and if okayed KMMJ will be the 
seventh outlet of the state's 13 sta- 
tions to be owned, or at least par- 
tially controlled by newspapers. 
. KMMJ, which is managed by Ted 
Matthews, was for many years at 
small Clay Center, Neb., and was 
moved to Grand Island, Nebraska's 
third city in population, nearly a 
year ago. •• 



s Mail Script Ahead 

■ . Milwaukee, Feb. 4. 
Johnny Olson, who does a : Satur- 
day afternoon show on WTMJ for 
Eight Bros. Tobacco and Julep cig- 
■rets, went to. New York last week 
arid, missing, connections, failed to 
get back to the station for his sched- 
uled broadcast. Fortunately, howi- 
ever, he had airmailed his script on 
ahead, describing the wonders of the 
big town he had just seen, so Bob 
Heiss, studio announcer, stepped 
irito the breach and did the show 
quite as Olson might, telling about the 
trip he- didn't take, with all, the - gags 
. an d songs Olson had framed for his 
■own, use. ' 



Dalberg Air lawyer : 

Washington, Feb. 4. 
'. : latest recruit to radio's legal fra- 
ternity from the ranks of the goverri- 
ment is Melyin H/ Dalberg, former 
Federal Comrnunications Commission 
examiner. Recently, 'with: the Fed- 
eral Power: Commission, Dalberg this 
week opened offices and announced 
ff will enter general administrative 
law field; specializing in broadcasting 
matters. * 

. Was head examiner for the FCC 
lor four years until the overhauling 
of the legal forces in 1938. . 



• Chattanooga, Feb. 4., 

New: wrinkle in musical quiz- shows 
has been dug up by WDEF, new 
Mutual outlet here. Station, with lo- 
cal jewelry store tieup, has man-on- 
the-street . stunt employing sidewalk 
piano, rolled but front of. the store; y- 
, Pecb Gleason, arinbuncer r asks- 
vbluriteer what song he. would think 
of if he became romance-iriirided 
while stroUing . with sweetie on 
moonlight night Pianist plays 'I 
Love You Truly' or something ap- 
propriate, as tip. Qulzee must name 
song. 

Participants get $1 if they answer 
correctly. Interest-getter is ' alarm 
clock that rings sometime during . 
half hour show is on, air. Partici- 
pant on air when- clock rings gets 
$2.50, right or wrong. 

Jewelry store offering 17-jewel 
watch for best name for program. 



VOX POPS AND HAMAS 
FLYING TO MEXICO 



' 'Vox Pop* program , for Penh To- 
bacco will, originate from three Latin, 
spots.. Party of three Jluthrauff & 
Ryanites, Parks Johnson, Wallace 
Butterworth and Nate Tufts and 
their respective wives, fly to Mexico 
City this Friday to broadcast from 
the Foreign Ministry of the Mexican 
Republic. Soldiers at San Juan in 
Puerto Rico and then a pickup from 
Havana will follow ori successive 
weeks. On the return party may do 
a broadcast from Miami. • 
: Land wires will be used from 
Mexico, ' shortwave from the two 
islands. All in English. 



HA0IO 89 



Boake Carter on Piel 



Boake Carter will have a couple 
new sponsors on Mutual in March, 
Pi€l Beer and National Refining; Co, 
It will be three, days a. week , for 
Piel in the east arid two days a week 
for - the oil: distrib. in the middle 
west. • ■ . ; - : ■ ' ./ ' 

S.herman K.' Ellis is the agency. J 




ON 







, , ...■ Washington, Feb. 4. 
Insinuations and disclosures of 
skullduggery that came out of the 
Seriate . Interstate Commerce -Com- 
mittee's .disintering of the bid -RCA 
consent decree will not have any re- 
percussions as far as ^NBC. is con- 
cerned until the Justice Department 
arid the Federal .Courts have estab- 
lished that criminal conduct charac- 
terized the settlement Similarly, 
criticism of the i Way CBS officers' 
handled that boom-time , stock swap 
With Paramount has not put any 
black marks, against Columbia in. the 
Federal Communications Commission 
ledger. ■ * 

Chairman ; James L. Fly was- re- 
vealed last week to. have told the 
House Appropriations Committee at- 
tention has been paid by the Com- 
mish to the mass of testimony taken 
during last year's hearings on the 
Thad Brown Teribmination-r-which 
went oft" irito tangents, concerning 
both RCA and CBS. When asked 
what the Commish was doing about 
the shenanigans related to the Senate 
group, Fly told the House commit- 
teemen he thinks it would be 'ludi- 
crous' for the FCC to crack down on 
NBC— which was not directly in- 
volved in the Wilmington proceed- 
ings of 1932— while the Justice De- ; 
partment sits by doing nothing. 
RCA and NBC 
If it Is proved that anybody, con- 
nected With RCA engaged iri bribery 
or attempted to fix the Federal Court,, 
the Commish unquestionably would 
lave to look at that matter from the 
standpoint of whether; it affects the 
fitness of licensees to operate sta- 
tions. But Fly commented the sus- 
picion of bribery is 'pretty remote in 
1941 from the question whether the 
National Broadcasting Co., a sub- 
sidiary, which has largely grown up 
since that time, is. qualified to oper- 
ate.' 

There was no direct mention of. 
CBS or the Paramount transaction 
when Fly was before the House com- 
mittee. But Rep. Richard B. Wiggles- 
worth inquired whether 'enrichment 
of the principal influence in a com- 
pany, to the tune of a million dol- 
lars or. more, if established/ would 
be looked at as possibly disqualify- 






and Sweeps Out 




i, McGarrett Swap 



Hollywood, Feb. 4. .■■ 
Bob Welch, riow directing the Kate 
Smith program, will replace, George 
McGarrett as producer for Young & 
Rubicam ori the Eddie Cantor show. 

McGarrett returns east to look 
after the ^Aldrich Family* seriesw ; ;■ 
Sam Fuller is now directing the 
Kate Smith program, i . ,\ ''. 








Jack Runyon; who was formerly 
Iri charge of Lord & Thomas' Holly- 
wood office, will join the the Ted 
Bates agency : Feb. 17 as- v.p. iri 
charge of radio. 

He leaves for the : west coast to- 
day (Wednesday) to clear up some 
personal matters,' and he will be back 
In New York Feb. 15. : 



RUTH RICH LEAVES 
WOMEN'S RADIO COMM. 



Ruth Rich has resigned as execu- 
tive . secretary and only ' paid em- 
ployee of the Women's National Ra- 
dio Committee. This was the orig- 
irial clubwomen's group that inter- 
ested . itself . in children!* . programs. 
In times past it .commanded some 
attention and staged some lnncheons. 

National Association of Broadcast- 
ers has since recognized more au- 
thoritative groups as better qualified 
tp. speak for the clubwomen. 



George Grant to WBBM 

. Chicago, Feb. 4; 
George Grant, formerly with the 
Des Moines Register and Tribune, 
is joining WBBM to head a newly- 
created sales service department. His 
job will be to relieve salesmen of all 
but straight selling details. '■'';'' 
Grant comes to work- this Mon- 
day (10). 



ing certain . persons from holding 
licenses. Fly said the Commish. 
would be 'influenced' in reaching- de- 
cisions if there was evidence of em- 
bezzlement. 



A BLACK CAT CROSSES THE ROAD: 

Arid How That Fact Might Be Reported By 



— RAYMOND GRAM SWING 

— WYTHE WILLIAMS 

— H. V. KALTENBORN 



— ELMER DAVIS ■:"■'■. 

— GABRIEL HEATTER 

— JOHANNES STEEL 



I* 



George Hamilton Combs, Jr., news commentator ori 
WHN, New York, amused himself last week by render- 
ing ori the air the simple sentence 'a blacfc cot crossed 
the road some place in Germany' in the several dif- 
ferent styles of other riews commentators. ^ His versions 
follow: '■;'."■',■■■'."■>■ . 

RAYMOND GRAM SWING 

■"- 'Good evening^ toriight; a cat so dark that, -it ebuid • 
almost be called black without straining the artistic 
verities crossed a significant rbad-rrcrossed it not bold- 
ly : arid overtly, but timidly and cautiously, with, a 
diffidence that might almost be born of fear. Now, 
the. implications: of the act of -this equivocal -cat have 
not beeri ignblfed . by the more perceptive ; observers. 
They see in it ; a /paradox which is riot , without analogy 
in o'vir present struggle,; They . see the cat as a sym- 
bol of totalitarian stealth aridi they are ; wondering 
What lies on the other side of the road;i : After all^ cats 
are; animals : and the signiflcarice of . this should riot be 
lost ori any of us.' 

WYTHE WTLXlAMS 

'According to . my confidential sources, black cat. 
crossed the road at exactly 7:33 tonight. : It . was ac- 
cbmpanied - by three, agents of the Gestapo and Herr 
Hitler's housekeeper and after crossing, the road, says 
my source, the. cat went straight to sleep in the* sec- 
ond floor bedroorii of the red brick.hbuse on the south- 
east corner bf the Unter Den Linden. At air . time 
toriight( according to my private: information, the cat 
was still sleeping soundly and Herman Goering made 
a trip across town in his bright red Benz to bring 
it a juicy' steak. , My sources say the field rnarshal 



has mistaken, the cat for a tiger cub. For next week, 
be on the iookout for the fate of the cat.' . 

H. V KALTENBORN -.. 

•Good evening. There is little doubt that . a cat 
crossed the road. That raises an issue of supreme im- 
' portance. It reminds us to ask, ; not only for our own 
enlightment, but for the security of the world— -what 
was its motive? ' Moreover, the'questibri which at once 
coiries to mind is .this: What will -Russia do? This- is 
the question. If we know the answer to this, we shall 
put our. fears to rest,' . ■■'■■■■'':■' 

ELMER DAVIS 

//'Tbiiight a: black cat crossed the road, no doubt be- 
cause it wanted ; to get oh. the other side, and the late 
dispatches don't, say Whether, or; not it is. on- its way to 
Slam where it has relatives.' : ' : .. 

GABRIEL HEATTER 

.'•And so, tonight,, a cat called black walked across 
a street called' time. Life writes 'another headline arid 
.to a •headline hunter there are headlines even jn a 
cat' called Black. And;, now a word about F-Rrl-M-L, 
Fririil, what a bar ..of niusic for ; ;fi've ..cents. Ladies 
and Gentlemen we; all know arid love . to. : hear Carrie 
Jacobs Bond.'. " : - - :.'.*.:• ■' 

'' JOHANNES STEEL v 

.;'Tonight,;,a perfectly fantastic cat, animated no doubt 
by German propaganda, walked right into r a group of 
socially -conscious and leftist dogs and at a late hour 
•. tonight it had riot been heard from. ' Whether the cat 
.died a fantastic death, we do riot kriow.' . ■ 



WatChiriaker - broadcaster Arde 
Bulova is apparently doing a Robert 
McCbrmick swobp-sweep at WOV, 
New York. • He is suddenly making 
himself felt in .the management of 
the station heretofore administered ■ 
through others. . Most famous case 
of . making the fur fly under com- 
parable conditions , was, when the 
owner of the Chicago Tribune sud- ' 
denly discovered 1 his own WGN and 
didn't ! particularly like '-what .he dis-. 
covered. ] 
Bulova is disinclined, to reveal hiir^ 
plans br decisions, but jrneantime the ' 
station is . undergoing a : big. Jarring ; ■ 
out of its rut. 

Storm apparently broke late Sat- 
urday (1), when Bulova. who: he? . 
previously -, haridled^. the, ..sitatibri ■. 
through. Harold A. ' LaFounf, geii-' 
eral rrianager in charge of all Bulova 
stations, suddenly took , active per- 
sonal control. He. first hired Alan 
Courtney, currently doirig, an. early-" , 
morning recorded, program over 
WMCA, New York, to become night 
program manager. As Wov's day- 
tiriie shows are mostly Italian lan- 
gujage.v the only, reaf English., pro- 
gramming' is . at night. Therefore, 
bringing iri a night program . man^ 
ager ' effect superseded Stuart 
Buchanan, whom Naylor Rogers 
brought in from the Coast; as pro- 
gram ; director only a couple of 
weeks ago.- ' 
■ •- Short Stay ■ ;':■ 
Buchanan,' who. left a permanent . 
job with .Walt Disriey ; to. take the • 
Rogers offer, thereupon resigned. 
He has no immediate plans, but 
hopes to get a place at some other 
New York station. 'Roger Brown, 
brought from WGN, Chicago, to' do 
a nightly recorded darice music pro- 
gram, .is but. So is Roy Maypole,, 
writer-producer, eiriployed a week 
ago 4o do a live show With guest 
names. 

Jack Meakin's 12-piece house band, 
which has been at the station four 
weeks on a special week-to-week ar- 
rangement with . the musicians' • 
union, is dropped as of next week- , 
end. .Meakiri, formerly music di- 
rector at KPO and KGd, San Fran- 
cisco, is being let out because hla ' 
music is 'urisatisfactory,': Bulova ex- 
plained to the union. Statiori owner . 
also informed the union he intends 
to bring iri a different name band 
weekly. However, those at the sta- 
tion . said yesterday that the new 
program policy at this time calls for 
only recordings after dark, despite 
the fancy new studios, the expensive 
new equipment and the new 10,000- 
watt transriiitter. 

With the studio In a turmoil 
yesterday, the officials atill in 
Bulova's employ were obviously re- 
luctant to discuss the situation. Only 
ones who would . talk were those 
who had been dropped. Others, ex- 
plaining they knew nothing of future 
plans for the station, referred all 
questions to Bulova. And he'a re- 
ticent. 



i 



Kane Saes Plough For 
Alleged Lift of Idea; 
Involves Tamous Firsts' 



Albert E. Kane, author, and con- 
ductor of a radio program, filed tult 
Thursday (30) in the N. Y. federal 
court against Plough, Inc., seeking 
damages of $25,000 for alleged in- 
fringement ... . 

Plaintiff is the author of 'FamOu.' 
First Facts' and 'More First Facts.' 
books wheh were published in 1933 
arid 1935. From August, 1998, to 
July; 1939, he conducted a radio pro- 
gram , over WOR entitled 'Famous 
Firsts.' 

/ It charged that the defendant's 
radio prograrri. for St. Joseph's As- . 
pirin makes ari announcement which 
starts, 'This is. a famous first fact ih 
fiistbry;' Deferidaht;- has refused, to 
desist, plaintiff claimsi despite warn- 
ing of infringeihent, so ,$25,000 dam- 
ages, an injunction, and accounting of 
profits are sought. 



Hartridge to Far feast 

■ Edwin Hartridge, until recently an 
American radio man in . Berlin^ 

leaving this week for the. Orient. ' 

sails Friday frbriv San Francisco for 

i Manila and Singapore accompanied 

. by his wife. 

Will probably do some NBC wor> 

■from the Far East, 



86 



RADIO 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



The White House andWMCA, N. Y. 

Appropriations Committee Provides a postscript to 
the 'Flim-Flammed Flamm' Rumors 



Washington, Feb. 4. : 
White House interest in- the acri- 
monious relations between Donald. 
Flamm and Edward. J; Noble result- 
ing finally in transfer of WMCA lor 
$850,000 was .disciosed last week and 
commented on in Goiigress! ' Pub- 
lished testimony received ' by - the 
House Appropriations Committee at 
closed-door hearings revealed the 
allegations of impropriety arid pres- 
sure on Flamm to sell his outlet at 
one time had reached the Executive 
"...Offices. 

While several said they- had [ heard 
a wide assortment: of rumors, several 
Federal Communications Commission 
members were, shown as having . told 
the House committee th'ey . found 
nothing . wrong with the transaction 
and could throw no light on trade 
whispers that Thomas. J. Corcoran, 
Steve Early arid other . .prominent 
Administration- figures were anxious 
to help Noble get the transmitter/ 

The White House angle came out 
during protracted questioning con 
ducted by Rep. Richard Wiggles 
worth.. . Quizzing Chairman James L, 
Fly, Commissioner Norman S. Case-: 
arid others, Wigglesworth drew a re- 
luctarit ■• admission that both MaJ 
Gen. Edwin M. Watson, the Number 
One member :of the President's sec 
retariat, and Rudolph Forster, ex- 
ecutive; clerk, did- some telephoning 
First trying/ to avoid Teplying, 
Comm. Case said that when he was 
acting chairman Cat the time . the 
WMCA transfer application was 
pending), Gen. Watson called arid 
said that 'representations had beep 
made that Mr.. Flamrn had been 
forced into this thing and would I 
look into the matter carefully.' Later 
on Forster phoned' to advise him 
'that any rumors to the contrary not 
Withstanding; the White House was 
i not interested In this in any way 
shape, or manner whatsoever/ Case 
elaborated. . 

' WMCA Over-Prlced 
Feeling that the WMCA sale price 
might be excessive was. reflected by 
Clifton A. Wpodrum, chairman of 
the appropriations group. When Fly 
took issue with Woodrum's remark 
about the sale of licenses,, the Vir- 
ginia Democrat retorted that regard- 
less of the provisions of law or the 
FCC attitude^ licenses are sold 'just 
the same.' Woodrum brought out 
that Flamm' received $542,000 iriore. 
thaq the actual worth of the physi- 
cal property, commenting that he did 
not see that the seller had been 
burned. Questions.,, about . reports 
that Flamm had .been" offered a sub- 
stantially, fatter sum by another 
prospective buyer, were tossed out 
during discussion of Flamm's at- 
tempt to .wiggle , ■out ot the Noble 
contract, but the legislators learned 
nothing definite. Fly said he had 
unverified information that some- 
body else was willing to pay $25,000 
more for the plant if Flamm would 
stay out of the broadcasting business 
for a certain period, and also testl- 
fled he heard Flamm was trying to 

»* get the job of manager of the station. 
••' Activities of William. J. Dempsey 
and William L. Koplowjtz, former 
heads of the Cpmmish law depart 
ment, in the WMCA transaction as 
counsel for Noble were brought ■ up 
by Wigglesworth, but, Chair inan Fly 
maintained they had not done any 
thing unethical or infringed on Com 
mish rules governing practice of at' 
torneys. .'••;- .,}■:■._ ., .-• 

. Unusual Haste 
Discussion; of the WMCA case in. 
volved coincidental disclosure . thai 
Commissioner George Henry Payne 
spent the better part of a day trying 
to get his colleagues to reopen the 
decision approving the sale! Payne; 
related he;- 'heard upsetting reports 
that the application was granted in 
'unusual haste' and without ample 
information^ as. ; weU„ as , the: gossip 
about Fiamm having been , high-, 
pressured; r When asked if he was 
satisfied ' With -the 'final refusal to 
reconsider, Payne told the legislators 
'it was a good explanation*; given by : 
the . members opposed i to allowing 
Flamm to yarik back his request ; for, 
consent to turn over the .Knicker-- 
bocker stock. . ' 
Connection of Triad Brown, former 
- Commissioner WhoriV. the Senate 
failed to confirm for reappointment, 
with the WMCA matter also came to- 
light in the transcript of committee 
discussion. Fly. testified that before 
tfee Woble-Flamm contract 
signed . Brown 



that he ; represented WMCA and 
Flamm and that a negotiation, was 
in process; that there had been some 
suggestion.' or' Flamm had indicated 
that the purchasers had indicated to 
: vim that they felt-' confident that if 
Noble applied for the license that he 
could get it.' This statement by the 
Commish chairman recalled the t6- 
do before the Senate Interstate Com- 
rnerce Committee last summer con-, 
cerrtirig a party thrown by Flamm 
at which. Brown was a guest. ■ ■ 

Indirect criticism of the way the 
FCC handled the transfer application 
was. expressed during debate in the 
House by : Wigglesworth. Remarking 
it was . impossible to check; definitely 
oh the many rumors, the Bay Stater 
pointed, to; the speed" with; which the 
requ'iest was pushed /through,, the pa* 
litical ramifications, \ the Commis 
sion's knowledge, of rumors about 
improprieties, : and. the telephoning 
by the White! House iides; 



1^ 

•• ; ;•■ '.' Troy, N. Y., Feb. 4. / 
WTRY becomes a full-time station 

this Monday (10). It will operate 

at 1,000 watts on 950 k.c. 
The station's personnel has been 

enlarged to 30 persons. . 



Fr(m$20aWMkto$2M 

The Radio Saga of Martin Block of WNEW'S 
'Make Believe Ballroom' 










FM 










Philadelphia, ; Feb. 4. 
The first public demonstration of 
'high-quality' wire line pickup lor 
broadcasting was. given last Thurs- 
day (30) by engineers of the. Bell 
Telephone Co. at the American In- 
stitute of Electrical Engineers hold- 
ing their convention at Town Hall, 
here. Purpose of the demonstra- 
tion tyas to prove to broadcasters 
who are set to use frequency mod 
ulatlon . that the company- could 
supply , wire transmission up to 15, 
000 Cycles— -high frequency needed 
for;. F-Mi The. . demonstration and 
a. paper explaining it was delivered 
by R. G. McCurdy, director of trans- 
mission and engineering of. the. Bell 
Laboratories, New York 

To show the ' difference between 
the tonal qualities of zeceptipn at 
various frequencies, wires were 
plugged . in sit the Academy of Mu 
sic, about two . miles " aw.ay, where 
the Philadelphia : Orchestra was 
holding a rehearsal ol Its all -Wag' 
nerian program. 

First the music was restricted to • 
the frequency range of 5,000 cycles 



By Jack Banner .-.VV ; V 

(I^blicity bir-ector, WNEW, New Yorfc) 
strange, bewildering, Ripr 20's, Block decided he wanted, to get 

into radio as. an announcer. The 



Washington, Feb.. 4. 

American taxpayers appeared;; last _ 

week in_ the role pf special Santa per "second— the ordinary' transmis^. 



At 8,000 cycles, the violins were 
crisper, the drums, had more reso- 
nance. With the limit extended to 
15,000 cycles — virtually as high as 
the ; human .ear can hear— there was 
a considerable further improvement 
in the reception. 



Clauses for. members, and key staffr | s j on , frequency. As the frequency 
ers for the Federal Communications j ^as raised, the tone becariie clearer, 

Commissions.. The. regulators and - ' . . ■ 

six of their principal departmental 
heads are enjoying the use of FM 
sets — equipped with phonograph at- 
tachments— bought but of public 
funds arid' installed in their homes on 
'loan.' 

Purchase was made so proper in- 
stallations would be possible and the 
regulators would be able to pick up 
FM broadcasts, in their leisure time. 
As justification for the expenditure 
of $1,950 for the receivers, Chief En- 
gineer E . KT. Jett pointed out the only 
FM plant now located in Washington 
is on the air only at night, while 
atennas with horizontal and vertical 
polarization oould not be installed 
satisfactorily et the Post Office : De- 
partment, where the Commish makes 
its headquarter*. . 



John Christ East 

Hollywood, Feb. 4. 
John ' Christ, producer of 'One 
Man's Family/ has been transferred 
to New York production staff of J. 
Walter Thompson agency. Bob 
Brewster takes the Job in addition 
to his producing of Kraft Music 
Hall. ' A; — . 

: Christ has. been with the Thomp- 
son company for 10 years and. also 
served as Hollywood! office manager. 



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Fly 



Declines to Bo Drawn Out By 'House: of 
; Representatives' Committee 



Washington, Feb. 4. 
Renewed hope of unshackled tele- 
vision soon, appearel last week when 
the Federal Communications Com- 
mission scheduled another hearing to 
decide whether tele operation shall 
be allowed on a cpriimercial basis, 
Third inquiry in a little over a year 
takes place March 20 as result of fur 



concrete data can be given at the 
hearing. 

Fly appeared to be much more re- 
ceptive to suggestions about remov- 
ing the shackles following the huddle 
.with technical experts than he was 
in hjs annual appearance before the 
House Appropriations Committee. On 
that occasion, efforts to find out just 
when the Cpmmish will let television 
branch out resulted in .little more 



ther; pressure for standardization of i than a 'mass of words that boiled 
mechanics of the art; . . .;.'..- ' down to. some generalities With inv 
The forthcoming consideration of ppr.tant reservations, . Fly told in* 



television's growth came immediately 
after it was learned that Chairman 
James L. Fly, duririg recent elosed- 
dopr. : hearings ' at the Capitol, de 



quisitive laW-makers: 

Fly's Statement .'■■ .;' 
'It will be an effort,. I think, of 
all of the industry and of the Com- 



clined to give Congress any estimate mission to adopt a single uniform 
of the distance to that corner around ( system just so soon as there is one 
which regular television • service is j. that -offers feasible; service, tp the. 
hiding^ Recent consultations'; with \ public arid . also leaves' enough lati- 
pibneers, visits to the principal; New i tude, for future development arid at 
York experimental plants, and -fur- j ; the same time will offer a means 6i 
ther parleys w.itft .equipment , makers ( feasible operation • Iri the immediate 
preceded the. decision to re-open the . future, "'-theft-. We will haVe.sorhething 
question ;of allowing visual stations ( we can rely upon. . Now just when 
to start taking money tp defray, op- that will happen, I Would prefer riot 



erating Costs; 
After conferring Moriday (27 ) with 



to '.'say.'' 

Forced on the defensive agairi re- 



the National. -Teievisipn , Standards ' gardfrig. the sudden . suspension of 
Cornmittee set; up . largely by the J rules permitting limited coirimercial- 
Radio Manufacturers Association, Fly J ization, Fly explained once more that 
said: 'I believe that, the result of the : j the Commish declined to permit : y i- 
Cpmmittee's work form a basis /uppu deo service to be 'nailed down to' one • 
which the Commission can move to exclusive system- ami added that as 
the definitive questions of standard- ^ soon as there, is. 'a uniform system 
Ization arid coriimercialization." In | of television which can be received 
the meantime, he hoped that all in- by.' all the receivers that would be 



terested parties will study . alternar 
Was , tive standards suggested arid engage 
came to me stating in special field observations so that 



currently- ori the market' he hopes 
the experimental tag can be re- 
moved;. ■ 



In 

leyesqiie . buslness-r-radio— rone, of 
the auth^ntie 'amazemerits' is the 
career of Martin Block, the guy who. 
built an audience of 2,000,000 regu- 
lar listeners Who tune lum in to hear 
him ahd phonograph, records. . Block 
has 21 different sponsors who spend 
over $225,000 a year With WNEW, 
New York, to advertise on ?The Make 
Believe Ballroom.' And Block, who 
started at WNEW. for $20 a week,, 
now pockets some $100,000 a year in 
salary and coriimissions. . 

Just now Martin Block's 'Make. 
Believe Ballroom' is "'. one. of the all- 
important outlets for ASCAP music. 
Cut off from network radio dozens 
of showmen-musicians are more than 
ever before conscious Pf what having 
their phonograph records played ; on 
"The Make Believe Ballroom' means 
in helping them maintain their, ar- 
tistic -individuality ':befbr« the pub- 
lic.; * : /\. ';" .'' ■'■■ ; ' ■ ' \': ; 

Martin Block is the guy with the 
persuasive voice. 

Surveys continuously show . that 
'Make Believe Ballroom' has high 
listening popularity. A number of 
Hooper arid Crpssley : surveys have 
proved that the Ballroom holds from 
18.2% to 33.4% of the Metropolitan 
New York audience. .' Last-; year 
WNEW decided to test the high rat 
ings of the 'Ballroom.' At 7:07 p.m., 
when the networks were offering 
Amos 'n* Andy, The Easy Aces arid 
Fred Waring as competition, Block 
made one announcement, offering 
five listeners as many invitations to 
attend the 'Make Believe Ballroom' 
anniversary party . for correctly 
identifying a series pf recordings, for 
which he withheld the title and the 
name of the performing band. . The 
mail return was astonishing. Oppo- 
site three outstanding network 
shows, for a negligible prize lirnited 
to: five people, via one single an 
nouncement given without i notice, 
7,024 letters, special deliveries and 
telegrams came im 

Amazing 1 Pull 
This year — just the other night in 
fact— for the benefit of a PM .re- 
porter, assigned to do a feature, who 
wanted first hand , proof of the pull- 
ing, power of Block's show, Martin 
repeated the stunt. This time* how- 
ever, he made it a bit more difficult 
for the listeners. The announcement 
was made near the Close^of his. pro- 
gram— arid the master of the turn- 
tables gave them only until 11:00 
a.m. (the next morning) to get their 
letters into the studio. This time 
some 12,000 letters and postcards 
were teceived. But Ballroom pulls 
mail day in and day out. It averages- 
some 14,000 mail pieces a month— 
an accomplishment very few net 
work stations' programs have 
equalled. 

Sales and Mall 

Mail pull is one thing, sales pull 
is another. The 'Make Believe Ball 
room' sells more than $1,000,000 
worth of its. sponsors' product each 
year. Some eloquent examples from 
the files 

Purity Bakeries bought 'Ballroom' 
time arid estiiriated the maximum 
increase in sales of .. its doughnuts 
would be 180,000 doughnuts a Week 
In /its fourth .week of sponsorship 
Purity Bakeries reported, a sales in- 
crease .of -432,000 doughnuts a week. 

Axtori Fisher Tobaccp Co., for 20 
Grand- cigarettes, gained a. 50% 'dis- 
tribution in New York within five 
weeks of 'Make : Believe Ballrpohi' 
sponsorship. 

One. snnbuncemeht on the 'Ball 
rpom\ f or : a . Broadway / show v 
'Swingin' ' the Dream;' . brought in 
: 1 ,148 orders for tickets. 

Elin, Inc., selling- 15 refrigerators 
a week before it purchased 'Ball 
room' time (WNEW was their only 
advertising; medium), reported 
933 % . increase in : business, selling 
140 refrigerators- a; week;. : 

• Owen Young's Office Boy 

Block's personal background . Is an 
iritriguing one. He started off in the 
business world as personal office boy 
to Owen . D. Young, and remained 
with the magnate for almost three 
years. Thereafter began a roving 
career at jobs that never lasted more 
than three months as clothing sales 
man, drug store clerk, cloak anc 
Suiter, magazine solicitor, etc., etc, 
.■Finally, arid this was In the early 



. announcer. 

closest he came to it was when he 
bought a second hand trunk, rigged . 
up a. phonograph rriacriine, some rec'-. 
ords and a loudspeaker and drove ; . 
up. and. down, Broadway blaring the. v 
virtues of the merchandise of various 
New York City, merchants. One Sun- 
day; afternoon Block's truck arid 
blaring microphone went slowly by ' 
the open doors of a New York . City ; 
churCh where Dr. Fosdick was de- . 
livering a sermon. Dr. Fosdick saw 
to it that such sound trucks were . 
ruled, off the Streets of New York 
City. That put JMartm put.of bus!- ;; 
ness here, so he headed : for Cali- . . 
forriia with his rig, stopping .'pff in % 
each city to make some money by 
signing up local merchants. 

In California; Block . worked on 
some 20 stations as annpuncer-never 
for more .than a few W.eeks at a time. 
But there, in 1933, l\£^ieard a radio 
prograrn called The World's Largest 
Make Believe Ballroom.' ' This was 
a program of phonograph records 
arid the announcer made a great pre- 
tense of having the . bandleaders In ... 
the studio with him. On stage one, 
he'd say, he had : Paul Whiteman's . 
band playing away, with Vincent 
Lopez set up waiting to start - on 
stage two. The announcer carried on 
one-sided conversations with the ■'. 
bandleader^ and in this Way carried 
out the illusion of a 'make believe 
ballroom'.' . 

Filled In 

Almost ' two years .later Martin fe r : 
turned to New York and. applied for 
an announcing job at WNEW. .. He 
Was signed on as staff' announcer, at 
$20 per ■ week. Along came the 
Hauptman. kidnapping trial, which 
WNEW was covering, and Martin 
was given an assignment to devise a 
musical' fill-in between bulletins 
from the courtroom. Block thereupon 
recalled, the California show. There " 
wasft't a single record In WNEW's 
shelves then (station now has about . 
20,000 platters) so Block chased over 
to the Liberty, music shop and bought 
five Clyde McCoy records. WNEW's 
sales department scoffed at the pos- 
sibility of interesting clients, in a 
show of phonograph records, and so 
payed no attention to Martin's pleas . 
that they try and secure him a spon- 
sor; But there was no stopping this 
fireball. He waited two weeks, then 
went out and got his own sponsor^ 
a firm that made a reducing pill at 
$1 a box. However, they had no 
faith in a record show, either, so Mar-, 
tin agreed to pay the station for the. 
first commercial broadcast out of his 
own pocket. Next riiorning he got on 
the air and softly urged upon the 
ladies of his audience to 'be fair 
to your husband by taking the re- 
ducing pill.' Next morning's mail 
was 600 letters, each containing a 
one dollar bill, delivered to WNEW. 
He's been an incredible success since 
then. He's very proud of the: fact, 
however, that nowadays his sponsor 
list has changed sharply from early 
days. Then, only local merchants 
bought his show. Of his 23 current 
clients, 22 .are network advertisers. 

Block's . sixth anniversary party 
was held . Monday (3) at the Hotel 
Ambassador. 



BLOCK'S PARTY 

Miller, Dor>eys (Both) and Kay e 
/ Play for Turnout in N. Y. 



Sixth anniversary party of Marti 
Block's WNEW, New York, Make- ■ 
Believe Ballroom record show at the 
Ambassador hotel Monday (3) drew 
500-600 Well wishers to listen to the ' 
music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dor- 
sey, Jimmy . Dorsey . arid Sammy 
Kaye, who brought their bands to . 
give: demphstration of Why they 
^finished high in Block's seriii-anriilal 
popularity ppli; Miller and the two 
Dorseys finished ;orie- two-thiree. 
•Kaye was first in the sweet division.; 
Each- band - was given' an ' inscribed 
trophy. " '..;,..' 
, First 20 outfits in the poll ran as- 
follows: Miller, T. Dorsey, J. Dorsey. ■ 
Artie Shaw, Wili; Bradley, -Benny 
Goodman, ;S. Kaye, Charlie Barrict, 
Vaughn Monroe, Gene Krupa, Woody 
Merman, Kay Kyser, Eddy Duchin, 
Count f.Basie,, >Jimmie . Luncefp'td; • 
Harry James, ' Guy Lombardo, Duke, 
Ellingtbn^ BPbby Byrne; Larry Clin- 
tori. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 




Paw«f-:«-:.>>5:.:.:.v.: . 



Xftt He'6 by-all odds the outstanding foot. 
X a ha'l narrator on the air, climaxing the 
season .with his brilliant sportscasting of the 
Rose Bowl game. 

X q V He'6 SamTaub's colorful running mate 
\ a in. covering the leading fights heard 
. oyer the air, always giving a championship 
performance himself even when no title is 
involved. 

lie's the witty, entertaining column* 
i6t and story teller as well as ace sales- 
man for Colgate-Palmolive-Peet in the Sports 
Newsrecl of the Air (Sun. 9:45P.M.-10P.M.). 

His reporting fbrM-G-M's News of the 
Day is rapidly making his face as fa* 
miliar to movie-goers as his voice to radio fans. 



ANSWER: 





BlLL STKRN'S ri6e to the top rank in his field has been meteoric. His 
style of reporting combines a masterful blend of excitement and accuracy, 
basic facts and color. But even before his services were sought by sponsors 
and movies, his sports coverage for the Blue Network of NBC had won him 
millions of followers. The Blue Network is proud to point to Bill Stern as 
representative of the high grade of programs and artists it has developed— 
thereby giving Blue advertisers the benefit of a loyal and continuing audience. 




NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY 
A Radio Corporation of Amrrica Service 



38 INTERNATIONAL RADIO 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



More Delay on Yankee Shortwave 

Will Be Full Year Late in 50,000 Kw. Operation- 
New Deadline Is July 1' 



Washington, Feb. 4. 

New deadline was set last week- 
for requirement international broadr 
cast stations of this country increase 
power of 50 kw. or more. Extension 
of time to next July. 1 was granted 
by the . Federal Communications 
Commission . after pleas from 11 sta- 
tions that time was hot available for 
the Installation of . new equipment 
already ' authorized by the 'Commish. 
Single exception, according .'to', the 
FCC, . is WCAB, • Philadelphia,, 
licensed to ■ the WCAU Broadcasting 
Co., which will . be deleted upon 
^erection , of a new international 
oroa'dcast station by CBS to supplant 
WCAU. '■ • 

Enforcement' of the minimum 

? lower rule has been postponed from' 
he . original date of July 1, 1940 t*p 
Jan. 1, 1941, and Anally to the first 
of July this current year.. Commish 
warning has been issued this time, 
however, that 'no further extension 
of time is '■ contemplated.' Interna- 
tional stations must start operating 
with a ininimum of .50 kw as fast 
as proper installations, are made. 

Reason for Commish concern over 
the problem of ' increased power for 
the international stations is the need 
for American programs— particu- 
larly in. South America— with which 
to blanket and. offset propaganda 
broadcasts by powerful- German and 
Italian DX'ers. Despite the several 
time extensions : ' that have been 
granted since the rule was formu- 
lated, expected that last week's order 
will stick. 



XEB to Become Top 
Power (150,000 Watts) 
Station in Mexico City 



. Mexico City, Feb. 4. 
Radio station XEB. here, owned 
and operated by the Buen Tono Ciga- 
rette Co., which for long has func- 
tioned at 10,000 watts, is arranging 
to increase its potency to 150,000 
watts, which will make it the most 
powerful air ; station In this zone. 
The Increased power is expected to 
start this month: . 

The station recently sent Its chief 
engineer, John Buchanan Gross, to 
New York for equipment that will 
^expand its power and scope. XEB is 
going more after, commercial adver- 
tising. „ 



Alex Garcia Reps CBS 



■\-iv Havana, Feb; 4. 

Alex Garcia has ..been appointed 
Cuban rep for CBS* .pew . tatin 
American chain. Garcia is "a vet 
newspaperman, on the Havana Post, 
the only morning daily in English, 
which heralds itself as being 'older 
than the republic itself.' 
• Last year another afternoon tab 
in English,. PM, .made , its appear- 
ance, bankrolled by the Cuban hus- 
band of ConsueloVanderbilt ; 





'S 

FASHION SPRAY 
TO B.A. 



Schenectady, N. Y., Feb, 4. • ■ 

• Vogue magazine - will launch a se- 
ries of Spanishrlanguage programs 
for women of fashion, art, theatre, 
motion pictures, travel and decora- 
tion, over WGEO, 1000,000. kw. short- 
waver operated by General Electric. 
Starts Feb. 12.. The station- is beamed 
on Buenos Aires, capital of Argen- 
tina and largest city in the Southern 
Hemisphere, - at the hour scheduled 
for the every-other-week broadcasts 
by Vogue. 

Handling program will, be Mrs. 
Alexander C. Forbes and Mrs; Hugh 
Fennick, associate editors of the 
magazine. Both women know South 
America. ., 

Vogue is the second magazine to 
sponsor a Spanish languager over 
WGEO, Reader's Digest, which pub- 
lishes a South American edition, has 
been presenting a weekly digest of 
articles! 

Time is sponsoring an English lan- 
guage program on KGEI, GE short- 
waver at Sari Francisco. This is 
aimed at the Orient. 



LOUIS TILDEN NAMED 
CHI REP FOR NBC DX 



MARS 2D SHOW 



Candy Company Likely to Sponsor 
Dance Orchestra 



Chicago, Feb. 4. 

NBC division ih Chicago will, have 
a special office to handle short-wave 
commercial contracts, with Louis 
Tilden appointed as midwest rep of 
the NBC International Short-Wave 
Division. Lunsford Yandell, NBC 
short-wave chieftain, was In town* 
last week to set up personnel and the 
office in the regular NBC space In 
the Merchandise Mart. 

Tilden was formerly with the firm 
of Averill T\lden Co. 

From Chicago to S. A. 

Cincinnati, Feb. 4. 

Third out-of-town program to be 
originated by WLWO, Crosley's in- 
ternational station, in a series aimed 
to solidify business relations with 
Central and South American coun- 
tries, will be conducted 'from the 
World Trade Conference at Chicago, 
Feb. 6. A summary of the talk that 
night by Under Secretary of State 
Taylor, will be translated in Spanish 
by Jorge. Mayoral, WLWO'; an- 
nouncer. WLW will pipe a separate 
15-minute interview' program .from 
the conference that night. 

WLWO did a broadcast .from To- 
ledo, O., Dec. : 30, last, for the, city's 
Chamber of Commerce, and also, 
from the International Exposition in, 
Cleveland, Jan. 11. 



Chicago, Feb. 4: 
Mars Candy will take its second 
network show on March 2. Has 
purchased v coast-to-coast time on 
NBC-Red between 5:30-and-6 p.m. 
CST. That puts the show in the 
30-minute slot ahead of the Jack 
Benny program. 

Program- and time set through the 
Grant' agency here, and while show 
is not yet contracted for, it will 
likely be a big band program, with 
several of the top orchestras of the 
country being dickered. 

Mars currently has the Lew Val- 
entine 'Dr. I.Q.' show, also through 
the Grant agency. 



., Elias Breeskin on XEW 

The Aguila Cigarette Co., one of 
Mexico's leading manufacturers,, is; 
going in heavier for radio advertis- 
ing this year with the engagement of 
Elias Breeskin,. the Russian violinist- 
orchestra .director, for . three half-: 
hour weekly concerts over local 
station XEW. 

Aguila joined with the local class 
cinema, Cine Palacio Chinb, and Par 
to initiate these . concerts by having 
Breeskin direct a Mexican .orchestra 
of 60 a,t; the cinema as a plug, for,; its 
cigarettes and the debut (29 ) , of 
'Northwest Mounted Police.' 



London Calling 



London, Jan. 10. - 
BBC lining up new talk series for 
the new year; destined to wise home- 
landers to things about Uncle Sam. 
Early publicity around the session 
states it will be for 'a clearing up of 
ideas.' Background will be U. S. his- 
tory, daily life and problems. Drama 
dept. of BBC under Val Gielgud is 
taking on legit personages of note to 
function on production end. Mal- 
colm Keen lends his experience for 
a month in teeing off guest producer 
Idea. Keen will use the established 
BBC Repertory Company. 



'Speak of the Devil,' new radio 

thriller by John Dickson Car.r, Set to 
bow as serial .entertainment ih : the 
new year. 



■ . 'Transatlantic Rhythm' swap, air- 
ing between CBS and BBC drawing, 
listener raves, here for light arid airy 
fare. Setting of Col. Snoopnagle 
against England's Oliver Wakefield Is 
being hailed , as masterly showmartr 
ship, Reception this side was- per- 
fect throughout. 

. Elsie Carlisle set for a new six 

weeks with her unit; 'Carlisle Ex- 
press.' Performer was blitzed from 
airing^ during first start so took it on 
the. road. 



Michael Redgrave finding time in 
between film chores to do a talk on 
'Theatre Interval.' 



Tommy Dorsey's orchestra coming 
"in for sudden listener-request spurt 
on disc sessions! Meeting ;it, BBC 
is donating 30-minute periods of 
trombonist's dansapatidn. 

'Gramaphone Omnibus' has folded 
due to compere Bryan Michie going 
on tour with Jack Hylton. 

Oliver Wakefield, reminiscing of 
U. S. radio dates during an air inter- 
view, and the double-acting buildup 
given him : by Rudy Vallee. Speak- 
ing of homeland appearances, inco- 
herent comic gave an unusually sin- 
cere plug ■ to Henry Hall, onetime 
BBC staff batoner. 



Noel Coward homecoming is indi- 
cated by BBC spotting him for a talk 
on the theatre for late January. 
Coward's undercover movements in 
U. S. A; and Australia have been in 
for a lot of kidding here— some of it 
raspy. 



'Broadway Calling:/ Gertie Law- 
rence show waxed in U. S. for airing 
to troops locally, comes in for a 
queer shuffle which sees- it going out 
shortwave from here to entertain 
U. S, listeners. 



Adelphi Theatre, in the Strand, is 
due for a history treatment (Jan. 14) 
when first part of its story will be 
aired. Musicals included are 'Earl 
and the Girl,' 'Quaker Girl,'- 'the 
Boy,' of rare, vintage. 



Emlyn Williams getting 35 mins. to 
himself in which to give his stage 
career a going-over. Airs excerpts 
from 'Corn Is Green,' 'Light of 
Heart' and 'Night Must Fall.' 



KGEI INTO FAIRMONT 

Sart Francisco^ Febi 4. 
_KGEI, General Electric shortwaver 
IJft Treasure Island, won't be in its 
Fairmount hotel studios until May 1. 

Due to use of directional, beam 
KGEI will have an effective signal 
strength of 500,000 watts according 
to Buck Harris, station manager. '.-. 



Revitalizing CBY, Toronto 

Toronto, Feb; 4. 
Four sites in the Toronto area are 
now being surveyed by Canadian: 
Broadcasting Corp. engineers for the 
erection of a new 1,000- watt station 
to replace the admittedly obsolete 
CBY. The new transmitter's facili- 
ties will blanket Ontario. Definite 
decision is expected to be made at 
the end.of this Week, on Where' loca- 
tion will be. • 

Currently, all commercial pro- 
grams carried by the- 'CBC go out 
from CBL because of. CBY power 
shortage. 



Nazi static interference with BBC 
hbnie wavelengths has taken a new 
slant. Now they pick on programs 
listener's might like to hear; prevU 
ously itv was aimed at propaganda 
stuffy news, or. indiscriminately. The 
bigger . the personality that much 
more 'warbling' does he draw. Stars 
can thus check on how they rate 
with .'listeners. 



Al Durrant's Swing Quintet added 
to 'Piccadixi ' session. Melody out- 
fit accompanies Adelaide Hall, song- 
stress on the new musical. 



Madge Elliott and Cyril Richard. 
Aussie-ibprn legiters, will head a new 
series tagged 'Over and Up.' Show 
will dress land of the Southern Cross 
tor. home listeners. 



Harry Lauder did a guest-shot on 
'Startime.' Comedian has been off 
the air since Spring, playing camp 
concerts for troops. ■ ■ 



Rex Harrison and Diana Wynyard 
will 'air scenes from 'No Time .for 1 
Comedy.'. Dub are on the road with 
the S. N. Behrman play. 



Greta- Gynt doing a rare radio ap- 
pearance In air version of 'On Your 



Cuba Bans Foreign Programs 



Anti-Axit Feeling Behind Gov't Ruling Specifically 
Against Totalitariant 



WNBC Now on Bhe 



New Britain, Conn., Feb. 4. 

WNBC. New Britain - Hartford, 
went NBC-BlUe basic Feb. 1, upping 
from supplementary class. Change 
means Hartford area will be covered 
basically by all nets, NBC-Reld hav- 
ing WTIC and CBS WDRC. 

FCC recently granted WNBC day 
power boost to 5 kw. 







PIFFLING 



Havana, Feb. 4. 

This town of 35 radio stations for 
a population of 700,000 is perhaps 
the lowest-scheduled for commercial 
time and talent. Musicians get $1: a 
program. An hour's time ranges 
from $20 to. $50 in cost, depending, on 
the station. 

Perhaps the best bet are the 20 
commercials a day on the second-- 
grade stations, which • cost the spon- 
sor $80 for an entire month, spouted 
seven days a week, 20 times each 
day. The top stations charge $50 a 
week for four commercials a day, 
and they trailerize anything from 
rum : and cigars to how to learn to 
play, the guitar. 

Even the girls in the bands on. the 
sidewalk cafes; along the Prado| who 
get $1 a night, average better than 
some of the radio instrumentalists, 



FRED BATE TO REST 
AT MEXICAN RESORT 



: Havana, Feb. 4. 

Anti-axis feeling in Cuba, ..which 
resulted in agitation against th 
German consul's, alleged pro-Nazi 
activities, resulted in a broad ruling 
by Major Juan Govea, director of 
Cuban radio, that ail foreign-tongUe 
broadcasts are tabu hereafter. Spe-, 
ciftcally mentioned aire German, 
Chinese, Yiddish and Polish. 

Transocean Press' radio hour, 
with '' its claimed pro-totalitarian . 
propaganda, is specifically banned. 
There was a frankly German bank- 
rolled show oh the air recently. Th* 
other foreign-tongue 'casts are neg- 
ligible, there being too much grati- 
tude from refugees towards Cubaii 
hospitality to warrant anything 
subversive either from a Polish, 
Yiddish or Chinese source. 




-Saw Of 





Near Solution 



Fred . Bate, London representative 
of NBC, arrived Friday (31) ,ih New 
York by clipper from Portugal. He 
was delayed some three weeks in 
Lisbon. Promptly caught up in the 
usual whirlwind of. interviews and 
luncheon speeches, including one at 
the National Press Club in Washing- 
ton, Bate will have put in nearly a 
week of arrival ceremonies before 
getting away to rest. 

He departs this weekend to join 
his wife at Cuernavaca, Mexico, 
where he will remain for some weeks. 
A bomb explosion early in- Decem- 
ber cut Bate on the face and ear, but 
he is now patched up and okay, but 
in need Of rest. 



Toes.' Diana. Ward and Ben Lyon 
will also voice in reprise of the Rod- 
gers-Hart musical. 



Columbia Workshop of U. S. 

donated another of its plays to BBC 
drama department. Piece is to re- 
ceive an English setting. Title.is 
'Mr. • Sycamore.' 



Morgan and Hadley, banjo team, 
registering a click on 'Music Hall.' : 



George Formby coming over the 
air via excerpt from his pantomime 
show, 'fiick.Whittihgton/ Since com- 
mercial radio was nixed of its Conti- 
nental outlet by war, Formby has 
been a very infrequent visitor to. the 
mike. ' 



Jack Payne and his musical aggre- 
gation back again to radio. Setup is 
virtually . the same, with Peggy 
Cochrane doing her solo piano ses- 
sion, and plus a new femme warbler, 
Ann Shelton. 



Alice Delysla Still charming them. 
Two radio dates amply, confirmed 
this. Appearance, on 'Music HSU' 
was a solo for the performer and she. 
took the khaki boys over the same 
jumps as those spread for War On e- 
ers. ' 



Portland, Ore.— Luke Roberts; 
manager of KOAC, - has joined 
KOIN-KALE as farm director.. 



Denver.— Getting ready for their 
increase to 5,000 watts, which boost 
will take place abo'it Feb. 15, KFEL 
has added 'three salesmen— Morey 
Sharp; Tom Lowndes and Frank 
I Vickery. 



Washington, Feb. 4. 
Roosting-place of 1,300-odd North 
American stations was thoroughly 
checked in the last 10 days by tech- 
nical experts Of signatory nations. to 
the North American Regional Broad- 
casting Agreement, with a number 
of shifts being made in assignment 
of Canadian and Cuban transmitters. 
Details of the settlement were with- 
held until' ail of the discussions ana 
finished, with the State Department 
-sitting on the lid and refusing to 
make known ; the developments as 
parleys went on. Unofficial • word,, 
however, was. that, all snarls were 
straightened out to everybody'! 
eventual satisfaction, with a mini- 
mum of inconvenience to the U. S. 
industry. 

Some of the Collisions took a lot of 
negotiating. Regular jigsaw puzzle 
for the engineers, particularly in 
view of the directional antenna phe- 
nomenon. Installations which con-, 
centratc signals on some particular 
area are not common outside this 
country, while some of the. U. S. 
plants with complicated arrays in- 
advertently lay down stronger sig- 
nals in other countries than was con-' 
templated by the Havana treaty. 

In such cases, juggling was in- 
evitable if the necessary protection 
was to be achieved, but industry 
people expect the plan when finally 
made public will show the Other na- 
tions reclassified their channels or 
shifted their outlets. Inasmuch as 
the cost to the U. S. operators with 
directionals would be so much 
greater and the technical job; of 
moving the stations involved ori to 
other frequencies here so much 
more of a headache. 

The international jury seemed 
still hopeful that the pact can be put 
into effect as scheduled, March 29; 
although apprehension continued 
that, the rush for; crystals may re- 
quire a short delay in carrying out 
the reassignments. Since the 'Uni ted 
States is .the only source of crystals, 
the . tardiness of station Owners ' 
placing orders is, a cause of concern. 
Suggestions that the moving be ac- 
complished in batches do not seem 
feasible, although in a limited Way 
small, blocks of stations— primarily 
the low-powered plants— in each 
nation possibly could shift at odd 
moments. Instead of having every 
one of the outlets in the four coun- ; 
fries-- -switch': over at the identical, 
■second.';.' 

Even, if it proves necessary, be- 
cause of the crystal problem, to post- 
pone the'-, moving 'date* the four 
countries, are' expected to ■'• reach- 
some- understanding that will im- 
pose a time limit; ^ Consultations 
with: the crystal makeVs are likely, 
and a specific period, probably Will 
be allowed each licensee to get. the 
necessary chunks and make! what- 
ever changes, are required in his ap- 
paratus. .Issuance of licenses in acr 
cordance with the new classifications 
could 'go ahead - regardless, making 
sure the benefits, of the pact, are not 
jeopardized by a series of continu- 
ances. 



Wednesday, February 8, 1941 



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Wednesday, February 5 f 1941 




Deficit Operations Noted — Purchase Prices Versus 
Yearly Profit Cited in Several Cases 



Washington, Feb. 4; 

More than: one-third of the radio 
stations sold, or leased in 1940 were 
In ;• the fed, latest available figures 
compiled by the Federal Communi- 
cations Commission show.. Record 
price in 1940 transactions ' was the 
$850,000 '. which! Donald Flamm re- 
ceived for AyMCA, New York. :' 

The ' yearly summary in general 
showed prices bore a closer "than 
usual .relationship to the physical 
worth of the properties, although 
there still were numerous instances 
where the seller got a sum. which 
Itttted a good -sized paper profit: 
Consideration, given for. licenses of 
many stations was : not disclosed, 
notably where unspecified amount of 
stock was "given- the .seller or the 
value of the paper was. not known. 

Although the Commish has been 
taking closer looks at the cash pass- 
ing hands, in two outstanding situa- 
tions the review merely , stated the 
payoff in trite terms pi $1 and. other 
good and valuable considerations,'. 
These uninf ormative remarks related 
to the reshuffling of WAAB, and 
WNAC, Boston, WEAK,- Providence, 
and WICC, Bridgeport, in the John 
Shepard : set-up; and of KMA, Shen- 
andoah, la*., where similar corporate 
rearrangement occurred. 

Second, biggest price was put on 
KGKO. Fort Worth. For $25p;000 
.Anion G. Carter, the politician-pub- 
lisher, surrendered control to all of 
the stockholders in KGKO Broad- 
casting Co. The station lost $48,066 
In 1939 and the valuation placed on 
the paper was only $72,055, accord- 
ing, to the Commish summary. The 
Fort Worth outlet, incidentally, Went 
farthest into the red of any of. the 
losing enterprises changing hands, 

WAAB and WMCA 

Biggest money-maker involved in 
an actual technical change of 
ownership last year was WAAB and 
the related stations. The Yankee 
Network plants, which formerly had 
been controlled by Winter Street 
Corp. (a Shepard subsid ), raked in 
$164,923 in 19'39, the tabulation 
showed. One of the best earners 
was Flamm's WMCA; which, showed 
net profit of $93,186 in 12 months 
ended last Oct. 31. Second came 
WMC, which: made $73)455 in six 
months, but the statement also re- 
vealed that WMPS, involved in the 
same transaction accompanying mer- 
gers of the Memphis Press-Scimitar 
and Commercial Appeal, had 
dropped; $40,877 the prior year. 

Although financed by a swamp of 
stoek, the deal by which L. B. Wilson 
acquired control of 13.5% of the 
stock in WCKY, Cincinnati, was one 
of the high bracket transactions. In- 
volved giving two shares of Standard 
Oil Co, (of Kentucky) stock, worth 1939. 



WDSU, NEW ORLEANS, 
IN ON UBEL SUIT 



. . New Orleans, Feb. 4. 
Jared Y. Sanders, Sr.. former gov- 
ernor of Louisiana, Wednesday (29) 
filed suit in civil district court here 
against James H; Morrison, defeated 
gubernatorial candidate in the. last 
election, and WDSU, Inc., for $25,000 
damages. Sanders alleges that Mor- 
rison made certain slanderous libel-, 
dus and defamatory remarks in a 
speech over WDSU on Nov. 12, 1940, 
The radio station disseminated the 
speech entitled, 'Thou Shalt Not 
Steal,* and 'wilfully, wantonly and 
maliciously, co-operated' with Mor- 
rison, it was charged. v •. < 

The WDSU officials should have 
known the entire contents of the 
speech, the petition stated, and 
should have, deleted the libelous 
statements, but failed to do so. 

For damages to his good name 
and standing in the community 
Sanders asks $20,000 and for men- 
tal anguish and suffering, $5,000. 



Doing Something About 
i Conversational Theme 

Minneapolis, Feb. 4. 
Iii order to halt constant bleats 
about temperatures not being au- 
thentic, KSTP's newsroom has taken 
over the task - of . supplying an T 
nouhcers' hourly readings, with a 
gadget rigged up in the teletype room 
that looks like . William Saroyan's 
'American Destiny* pinball machine 
in 'The Time of Your Life.' 

With clock and flashing light, 
the gadget informs newsmen of the 
time to get temperatures from the 
bureau. Since its installation there 
hasn't been a squawk about KSTP 
temps. 

WEMP Gets Mentioned 



FCC's Travel Bills 



Milwaukee, Feb. 4. 
.WEMP, 'which since its affiliation 
with the NBC Blue network has been 
unable to buy display advertising 
space in The Milwaukee Journal, 
owners of NBC red's WTMJ, finally 
crashed the display columns on its 
radio page Friday (31). 

Adams Hat Shops bought linage, 
to plug. the Joe Louis-Red Burman 
fight broadcast. 



$20 to $21, for each of 200 shares in 
L. B. Wilson, inc., owner of WCKY. 
Or about $800,000 for a minority in- 
terest in plant which made only 
$10,561 in 12 months ended Sept. 30, 




Washington, Feb. 4. ; 

Large amount of traveling on 
'official business' by Federal 
.Gommunicatiphs C o m iii i s s ion 4 
members and staffers was 
brought put last week by the 
House Appropriations Commit- 
tee. Bill for transportatian and 
subsistence during the fiscal year 
ended June 30, 1940 totaled 
$12,632. .': 

Leading globe-trotter was 
Commissioner Faul A. Walker. : 
In' six vouchers for travel ex- 
penses he collected more than 
$1,380. Runners-up were former. 
Commissioner Thad H. Brown, 
who drew in excess of $610; for- 
mer General Counsel William J. 
Dempsey, over $450; Chairman 
James L. Fly, over $430; and 
Commissioner George Henry 
Payne, over $450. 







Inside Stuff-Radio 



A reverse on the radio legend that the star too often eclipses the product, 
with result that the sponsor is often obscured, was evidenced to Walter 
Jacobs ;who runs the new Lord Tarleton hotel, Miami Beach, from whence 
Edwin C, Hill has been doing his Amoco broadcasts for several weeks. 
The Tarleton gets a plug with results thai bonlface Jacobs has been get- 
ting fan mail and, as he hoped, also a number of customers. One booking 
request floored him, however, by mentioning that the prospect had 'heard 
Lowell Thomas, was. so impressed,' etc. Of course he meant Hill, but the 
paradox is that the hotel is but indirectly mentioned, whereas the fan 
mixed up the two neWs commentators. ■■ 



; ; The Metropolitan Opera' closed it? ninth week Monday (3) with a prob- 
able loss of approximately $3,500 on estimated take of $99,000 out of 
possible $134,000. As per usual at the $7 top, the Saturday matinee operas 
continued to show the way with a gross of $15,500 for 'Pagliacci and 
Ca valleria Rusticana.' \ 

Despite the NBC. broadcasts, of Saturday matinees Met continues to sell' 
out for these performances and on the whole they have been the best 
grossers of the year. ' ; . :' >: 



Theodore Granik, whose 'American Forum of the Air' offers debates 
on current issues Sunday nights over WOR-Mutual from Washington, is 
now banning applause or other demonstration by members of the studio 
audience. Now distributes printed slips explaining the ruie and the- 
reason for it, besides displaying a huge sign on the platform as a re- 
minder. His. . decision resulted from listener complaints and the occa- 
sional, reluctance of scheduled speakers to,risk being jeered via net- : 
work spread; " :J r I:-'".': 



MAMO STATIOH MEPMESMMAriWtS 

HEWYm«»mefT*CHK«M«sMnuuwuco 



Washington," Feb. 4. 

Congressional critics of the Fed- 
eral Communications Commission 
came within nine votes of effecting a 
slash in the regulators' appropria- 
tion for the next fiscal year when 
the House last week voted $4,259,729, 
which is exactly the amount xe- 
quested by President Roosevelt and 
$1,883,389 more than was available 
for this year. Of. the total $1,920,000 
is tagged for national defense activi- 
ties, particularly , more intensive 
eavesdropping to discover possible 
subversive or espionage activities. 

Usual barrage of rocks was thrown 
at the Commish during debate, with 
the perennial finger-pointers adding 
a new touch to the attack by. chiding 
the regulators for slowness in finish- 
ing up the chain-monopoly inquiry 
and for failing to crack down on 
both CBS and NBC. Richard Wig- 
glesworth of Massachusetts and John 
Taber of New York, Republican 
members of the Appropriations com- 
mittee which grilled the Commish, 
were the most denunciatory. They 
received Usual backing up from 
Lawrence Connery, Massachusetts 
Democrat. . 

: As the principal critic, Wiggles- 
worth commented sarcastically that 
'comment is withheld* by the Com- 
mish on the issues customarily aired 
at the budget hearings-^-license trafr 
flcking, monopolistic control, net- 
work finances, etc.-=because these 
problems are tied up in the investi- 
gation report. Notwithstanding the 
declarations of the special committee 
about monopoly or the evidence sub- 
mitted at last summer's Thad Brown 
hearings, the regulators have admin- 
istered no punishment nor taken 
remedial steps, Wigglesworth com- 
plained. 

Failure of Congress to conduct a 
thorough inquiry into the FCC drew 
an expression of 'regret' from Con- 
nery, who said he had. deliberately 
withheld his customary: resolution 
for a legislative probe hoping that 
the Appropriations Committee would 
take the lead. He echoed Wiggles-' 
worth's complaints about Commish 
stalling and eye-closing. . 

Terming the regulatory body 'the 
most, inefficient of any outfit I have 
run into in the. Government,' Taber 
tried to cut the fund for regular ac- 
tivities by $138,889, the net increase 
sought and recommended by the 
Budget Bureau. After hearing his 
charge that 'the Cpmmissiohers have 
been putty in the hands of the 
bureaucrats,' the House -rejected the 
Taber motion by a standing vote of 
56 to 65. A moment later when the 
amendment was : pressed again the 
tally was 68 ayes and 112 hays. 



In a somewhat unique attempt to capitalize on the popularity of a 
chain's program, WMCA, N. Y„ has billed Nita Car,ol, singer, for the 'In- 
termission Period for the Met opera broadcasts.' Singer appears Satur- 
days from 3:15-3:30 p.m. presumably after, the first act intermission, of . 
the Met. 

The schedule has not worked out so well, as frequently the operas run 
short of the time and sometimes over. 



Elizabeth Wysor was trade-figured a sure winner of a Metropolitan 
opera cpritract well before she appeared Jan. 12 oh the Sherwin-Williams 
paint opera 'auditions' over NBC. She had been heard privately by the 
Met board before the radio broadcast, which was by way of letting Sher- 
win-Williams share the publicity. Her contralto is generally . regarded 
one of the best hew voices of its kind heard in years. 



NAB. PORTLAND MEET 
NAMES HARRY SPENCE 



REYNOLDS OFF FCC ROLL 



Assistant Secretary Since 1930 Joins 
WKWK, Wheeling, \V. Va, 

Washington, Feb. 4. 
Long service^of John B. Reynolds, 
assistant secretary of the Federal 
Communications Commission, was 
terminated Saturday (1). 

After nearly 11 years with the 
Government agency, Reynolds re- 
signed to become part owner and 
general manager of a new Wheeling, 
W. Va., broadcast station— WKWK— 
now under construction. . The FCC 
assistant secretary was appointed 
assistant secretary of the old Federal 
Radio Commission in 1930. continu- 
ing in the same capacity when the 
FCC was created. 



WLWY Farm Course 



. Cincinnati, Feb. 4. 

. Specialists from state agricultural 
colleges in Ohio, Indiana, West Vir- 
ginia and Kentucky are participating 
in each of the 20 'short course of the 
air' series for farmers and their fam- 
ilies being carried by WLW during 
February. They are being included in 
the station's Everybody's Farm Hour 
programs, heard in mid-day Monday 
thrpugh Saturday, beginning today 
(4). . ■;. 

Ed Mason,* farm program director 
for the. Crosley . 50,000 watt station, 
arranged the special series for farm- 
ers unable to attend the winter short 
courses given by agricultural col- 
leges.;. 



Fred: Borton, WQAM, Miami, sta- 
tion owner, going to New Orleans 
and Mexico in February. Will mo- 
tor part of the way. 



Introduce UP Personages 
On Special Ballyhoo 
Discs for Air Clients 



Series of 15-minute transcriptions, 
containing stories arid experiences 
Of its correspondents. Is being pro- 
vided by United Press for its radio 
clients. ; First platter contains a 
word-picture of the fall of Tobriuk . 
and an interview with Harry Florry. 
UP's European news manager' re- 
cently home on leave from London. 
Opposite side carries a description 
by Edward Beattie, Jr., of his ex- 
periences . covering . the war . in 
Ethiopia, Poland, Finland. Czecho- 
slovakia; France and Britain. Discs 
provide place for local station tie-ih 
announcements. 

Rush Hughes, currently announc- 
ing the New Yprk edition of the 
Turns .'Pot o' Gold' series, will intro- . 
duce each chapter. Walt Rundle, of 
the UP promotion' department, is 
writing and producing them. 



Gordon Y. P. atWNOE 



New Orleans, Feb. 4. 

James E. Gordon, formerly 6f the 
sales staff of WNOE here, was ap- 
pointed vice-president and;ygeneral 
manager of the station by/J'Senator 
James A. Noe, president. Gordon 
succeeds Ray Huff t, who resigned to 
go into the army. 

Hubert Grant remains program di- 
rector, with ; Benet Cain as assistant 
manager and Jack Bottger, Jon Duf- 
fee, Wally Dunlap and Walter Brodt- 
man as announcers. " ■ - 



Portland", Ore., Feb. 4. 

The National Association of Broad- 
casters held a zone get-together here 
recently and elected Harry 6pence, 
manager of KXRO, Aberdeen, as di- 
rector of the 17th district Spence 
succeeds Charles ' Myers of-KOIN, 
Portland. Myers declined to be can- 
didate for re-election. 

Over 60 broadcasters from Oregon 
and Washington -were present 




The POPULAR Station 
^ Salt Lcikt: Cit\ ^ 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



THE NEtfS IN BE VIEW 

With Tred BrIpgB, Vera Wilson, Bill 

Livesay, Xen Curley, Steve Bryher 
60 Mln«.— Loeal 
Sustaining 
Dally, 2 p.m. 
KYA, San Francisco 

This station has a lawful In 
undertaking to fill an ASCAP-blitzed 
concert sesh with 60 minutes of news, 
six days a week. Produced by Fred 
Briggsi it provides a workout for the: 
entire mike staff, . a different voice 
being used, for each section of pro- 
gram. ■ 

Instead of the conventional fanfare, 
' this one opens with an overture, fad- 
ing into' 'Birdseye . View of the 
News' runnint-l. about seven minutes, 
Nearly a minute of noh- ASC AP mu- 
sic, spirited stuff of the type associa- 
ted with kid serials, breaks the show 
for the next voice, retailing: 'Inside 
News of Foreign , Capitals,' - First 
half-hour winds up with a third man 
summarizing 'What's Pping in Wash- 
ington.' Second half is divided be- 
tween local news, women's items arid 
sports, closing with a weather re- 
port. ; •.. ; •• ■•: 
It's definitely an effort to .escape 
formula and as presented makes a 
very listenable show for anyone who 
has an hour to devote to a single 
program. Music throughout is good, 
largely transcriptions. Wern. 



WHEELING 




Figure It 
i 




If you were to slip Into the 
parlor*, boudoir* and kitchens 
of 623,310 home* in Eastern 
Ohio, Western^ Pennsylvania, 
and Northern West Virginia, 
the Thriving Steel and Coal 
Belt of the 5 Nation, and deliver 
a forceful' sales message on 
your product do you realize 
that at ^minutes per stop it 
would taws you 45 years, 
working 8 flours a day, 7 days 
a week, to/complete the . job? 
At the minffnum Wagner Law 
wage of 30b«per hour the cost 
Would be $$1,248,101 
" ■ ■»>. 
Compare this eost and exer- 
tion, to the. simplicity of. the 
possibility of reaching these 
very same homes through 
WWVA at the basic daytime, 
16-minute rate of $42.00. And 
In addition you must include 
th* force of 1'/2 million more 
homes In WW VA's secondary 
area! ' 

Thafa Sale* Economy, PLUS1 



B.S-— 



BLAI R Represents : Us 




'FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE' 

•The Circle' with Grace George, 
Dudley Digges, Cecil Humphreys, 
Romney Brent, GinaMalo, Clarence 
Derwent 

30 Mlns. 

Thursday, 4 p.m. 
WMCA, New York 

As another move, in cementing 
Anglo-American relations, 'Friend- 
ship Bridge' is aired Thursday after- 
noons, with English actors currently 
irt New York doing adaptations of 
successful English plays. - Shows are 
broadcast locally by WMCA", New 
York, and short-waved to England 
by WRUL, Boston. Opus Thursday 
(30) afternoon was Somerset 
Maugham's 'The Circle/ Glittering 
east included Grace George and Cecil 
Humphreys, who appeared in the 
plays revival a couple of seasons ago 
■ori Broadway, with, such well knowrts 
as . Dudley Digges. Romney Brent, 
Gina.v /Malb (Mrs. . Brent) - and 
Clarence Derwent also on the airer. 
Series is presented by the British- 
American Ambulance Corps.. 

Although the theme of 'The Circle' 
is ever-new, the play's style is 
terribly old chapeau. What's more,' 
the adaptation in this case was woe- 
• fully, unable to ^extract suitable radio 
material from the slender chit-chat 
of Maugham's once-provocative 
: treatise on infldelity-iri-cycles. : Thus, 
the nearest thing to a crisis in the 
show as broadcast was the brief split 
between the aging wife and her long- 
standing lover. .■ That left the stage 
play!s climax, the. same situation re- 
peating itself so inexorably in the 
children's case, on the cutting room 
floor. What was left was light, some- 
times .deft arid . sometimes merely 
frivolous, . generally garrulous con- 
versation.. - . 

Miss George, of course, is a capti- 
vating actress arid, though clearly not 
at her best via' the air, particularly 
expert at this kind of role. Digges 
was persuasive as the gruff lover and 
Humphreys . was acceptable as the 
betrayed husband. Brent, Miss Malo 
arid Derwent had, little to do as the 
second-edition triangle. Piece was 
over-produced and uncertain in 
pacing. Name cast gave the show 
marquee strength, but it was un- 
realized in performance. :■' Hobe. 

'CAFF, DES EXILES' 

With Ernst Obach, Mark Lubbock 

■*>■— *«istr» . 
40 Mlns. 

Saturday, 9:40 p.m. 
BBC, London 

Built around the rendezvous idea 
format here is pleasing and musical- 
ly attractive.. In line, with London's 
now burrowing proclivities it's an 
underground; where expatriates 
gather to wine, dine and delight in 
continental atmosphere, gaiety, 
tinged with nostalgia. 

Carrying entertainment load Is 
Ernst Obach; Czech baritone of fine 
voice and . personality, secure in his 
selling of homeland melodies. 
Singer's very much at home in the 
proceedings, functioning as chief 
greeter, performer and audience go- 
between in giving clarity to the set- 
up. There's a Greek boss to the' 
place,, presumably rung in to round 
out the Allies idea, but at this airing 
characterization seemed superfluous 
and clashing with that of Obach. 
. Script is sprinkled with the due 
variety of . atmosphere givers, al- 
though their dialog is ultra stagey 
and clutters up show as a whole. 
Much more could be left to the 
music, which accomplishes its pur- 
pose admirably through tunes of 
Srrfttana, Handel, Strauss, etc. \ 

Mark H. Lubbock batons theatre 
orchestra with customary elegance. 

ELSIE CARLISLE EXPRESS* 
With Bobby Comber, Vera Lennox, 
Charles Heslop, Charlie Clapbam, 
Billy Ternent Orch. 
40 Mlns. 

Sunday, 0:40 p.m. 
BBC, London 

Blitzed off the air at its previous 
scheduling, Elsie Carlisle and her 
supporting merry-makers at last, 
broke the radio tape. Suffered from 
slow-moving, script — needs to be 
jacked plenty before registering as 
radio. There's some lengthy spiel 
sessions of weighty humor from a 
hard-working crew; but making little 
or no impression for laughs. 

Elsie Carlisle is personally pleas- 
ing with her effortless melodyihg, 
registering soundly with a . medley 
of Irving Berlin tunes. She was 
carrying all the vocals here outside 
of a couple of ragged ensemble num- 
bers. As showcasing for her, 'Ex- 
press- Is anyti.ing but dressy.. ; 



RADIO REVIEWS 41 



•BUD BARTON' : 

With Dick Holland, Fern Parsons, 
Bill Bouchey, Ian "Keith, Kathryn 
Card, Betty Jeff eries, Jackie Harri- 
son, Bob Jelllson 

15 Mlns. 

Sustaining 

Daily, 5:30 pjn. .. 
WJZ-NBC, New York 

. After some months in the 5:30. p.ih. 
spot on the blue (WJZ) network, 
'Bud Barton' is being moved forward 
to 5:15 p.nv, starting Monday (10). 
Shift should have been made long 
ago. as this juve thriller isn't equal 
to 'Jack Armstrong,' the teen-age ad- 
venture series on -the red (WEAF) 
•in .trie. .5:30 p.m; position. Both shows 
originate iri Chicago, 'Barton' being a 
sustairier and 'Armstrong' sponsored 
by General Foods (Wheaties). 
' At the new time. 'Barton' may 
have a chance to get a better audi- 
ence. However, the show still heeds 
lots of: showmanship imcrovejrierit 
before it belongs, in the juvenile big 
league. As ; heard last. Wednesday 
(29). it lacked the conunubusly- 
exoloding action that kids yen. 
■>. Characters are reasonably well 
outlined, but there are. entirely too 
many of them. Stanza caught, for 
instance, included . 11 characters 
either present . or mentioned fa- 
miliarly. That not. only confuses the 
listener, but it also has a tendency to 
diffuse the story-line and retard the- 
action. Only excitement on this 
chapter was a wrassle between can- 
tankerous Mr. Stark and Col. Frank 
Welch — and that was confined to a 
couple of lines of dialog. If they 
want the mopnets to go after the 
show they should have virtually torn 
down tbe studio ' with uproarious 
sound effects. , '• .-, - ■: 

Piece was nasSably .played. Harlan 
Ware is the author, Frank Papp 
directs. Organ is used for musical 
bridges. Hobe. 



'WAYNE, WOMEN, and SONG' 
With Naunton Wayne, Ma?da Kiin, 

Tnga Andersen. Jack and Daphne 
: Barker, Billy Ternent Orchestra 
40 Mlns. ■■■■■••:■■ 
Thursday, 9:35 p.m. 
BBC, London 

In aiming for cabaret-like effect 
show comes over as okay for floor- 
show, but short as radio. Hit: hard- 
est by the., setup is Inga Andersen.- 
Canadian girl uses .'sophisticated 
lady of song' as billing for her nitery 
dates, but toughy characterization 
she uses on chatter here belies the 
eclat, seeming more Saks 34th than. 
Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Magda Kun puts over effectively 
the cajolery of Continental melody- 
ing. Austrian songstress is quite at 
home with intimacy of radio. Jack 
and Daphne Barker are a w.k. caba- 
ret team whose vocal banter might 
be cut to aid radio pace. Numbers 
ribbing smart-set are Jake when 
vislo, but tend to drag through the 
mike. .. 

As compere of the session Naunton 
Wayne handles his chore with cus- 
tomary skill. Performer has been 
long active with his droll comment, 
sure to click with listeners as result 
of picture work carrying his talent 
beyond West End trade. 

Henry . Sherek's hand In the show 
discloses producer's experience with 
stage entertainment, needing no more 
than adapting to the new medium. 
Billy Ternent's music has all any- 
body wants. 

'ROUND THE HUB' 

With Jay Wesley, Geoff e Givot 

15 Mins.— Local 

Friday, 3:45 p.m. 

WEEI, Boston 

George. Givot, 'Greek Ambassador 
of Good Will.* gave interviewer Jay 
Wesley the fastest 15. minutes pos- 
sible with ad libbed gags flying faster 
than bombs in a blitzkrieg. Deviating 
from the Usual formula for inter- 
views, biographical facts were woven 
in deftly and humorously. 

Wesley differs from average spieler 
In that he gives the other fellow a 
chance to talk without interruption. 
He breaks in when conversation lags 
and requires lift, which wasn't necesr 
sary this time. Surprisingly, he 
rarely laughs at his own gags, and 
was also a perfect stooge in situa- 
tions for Givot. Wesley speaks in- 
formally and extremely well with- 
out worrying about academic mat- 
ters on ; diction, pronunciation^ enun- 
ciation, etc., thus avoiding that which 
makes the average interviewer 
stilted. 

Givot showed his versatility with 
Greek dialect, that of polished Eng- 
lishman, plus Harvardian. Without 
a prepared script, Givot. started off 
the fun by dialecting a commercial 
plug that lay on the desk before him* 
which was awaiting the announcer 
on the following program; Paul. 



My Sincere Appreciation to the Radio Editors 

For Voting' My Program 

FIRST FOR CHILDREN 
IN THE ANNUAL RADIO POLLS 

■ :' . Conducted by — 

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Thank you! Thank you I . Thank you! 

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THE SINGING STORY LADY 

NBC Blue ^- 5: 15. ■•5:30, Monday thru Friday 




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EDDIE CANTOR PROGRAM, NBC RED NETWORK 
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[ Best Comedian, Favorite Program, 

Jack Benny. 

. Quiz Program, 

Information Please. 

News Commentator, 

Raymond Gram Swing. 

. Light Orchestra, 

Guy Lombardo's. 

Popular Girt Vocalist, 

Kate Smith. 



Popular Male Vocalist, 

Bing Crosby. 

Sport Announcer, 

Bill Stern. 



Studio' Announcer, 

• Don Wilson. 

.Concert Vocalist, 

Lily Pons. 

Symphonic Conductor, 

Arturo Toscanini. 

Best Dramatic Program, 

Radio Theatre. 

Best Quarter flour, 

Fred Waring. 

Children's Program, 

Ireene Wicker. 



New Star, 

Dinah Shore. 



Outstanding Single Broadcast of the Year, 

NBC Eyewitness account of Graf Spee scuttling. 



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The vote on girl popular gingers: 
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Personal Representative^ 

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42 



RADIO REVIEWS 



Follow-Up Comment 

'ASCAP on Parade' in It? second installment last Saturday (1), shaped 
up as a well-balanced showihanly propaganda job although monitoring 
might have been better. 'Etherized' -from WMGA-'s studio in New. York, and 
led to WHN, WOV and WNEW (and released on platter to 117 other indie 
Stations having ASCAP licenses) this was Tin Pan Alley merchandising 
and counter-propaganda. . '."" '•• 

Nostalgia , was the obvious idea. Purveyed by names such as Al Jolson, 
Cole Porterj Ethel Merman, Johnny Mercer; Harry Armstrong, Hildegarde, 
Benny Fields, Russell Bennett's 26-piece band, Robert Shaw's choir of 18, 
skillfully scripted by Oscar Hammerstein.il, deftly produced by Billy Rose 
and smartly paced by Deems Taylor, the 8-9 p.m. period ran a last course. 

Benny Fields* vocalizing assignment should get him radio attention: anew. 
The original *crooner' . (but long ahead of his time). Fields' manner .of 
purveying 'Only Forever" and 'Fools- Rush In' was in.the best Bing'Crosby 
tradition of ultra song salesmanship. '.•"." ■■ , .. ; . • ' ' 

When it's all over, listeners should remember. Hammerstein's nifty script- 




As I Have Stephen Foster.' He then claimed arid demonstrated that -'Cali- 
fornia Here I Come,' 'You Made. Me Love You,' 



'Swanee' and 'April 



Showers' are 'inspired' songs. "■'■'-";. •' ; ' . ' . 

Cole Porter in a brief speechlet heralded Ethel Merman who whammed 
*'»em with 'Kick Out of You*. (the first Porter song she ever sang), Begin the 
BekS (with choir ). 'Just One of Those Things' and /Night and I Day/ 
with rShiS the 26-piece Russell Bennett orchestra and Robert Shaw's 
choir of ;18 mixed voices did tricks. , , . ...... / 

In backing up the 'Panama Hattie 
chanteuse. . 'Let's Be Buddies' ;-yr*s 
her finale in the cavalcade, and 
while it all added up to a generous 
hunk of Cole Porter, it was all very 
palatable, especially considering^ the 
contrast to the other stuff* heard on 
the air of late; '. . .^ v ^ ; 

Hildegarde's 'Last Time I Saw 
Paris' (by Oscar Hammerstein and 
Jerome Kern ) was -a; click all by it- 
self, in line with the ihtrp; that this 
was one of the tunes as 1940 ended 
before the radio-music breach 
eventuated: [The introductory em- 
phasized that ASCAP thought that 
•jazz and jive, ballads and hymns 
. could, like the air, belong to you, as 
part of the propaganda.] 

Harry Armstrdhg : led his 'Sweet 
Adeline' in a gang song. Then radio 
announcer Bob Carter gave . out with 
some Ripleys. putting stress— 'believe 
it or not'— that 'Happy Birthday to 
You.'. 'End of a Perfect Day,' 'Caprice 
Viennois,' 'There'll Always : Be an 
Strand* and 'Stars and Stripes For- 
ever' are radio-tabu. •' ■ 

A 'Stopf You Can't. Play That on 
the Air,' thus nostalgically, patriotic- 
ally and sentimentally took the 
ASCAP cause directly to the masses. 

Johnny Mercer who calls himself 
•the poor man's Cole Porter' did some 
.„ crossfire with . commentator Deems 
" Taylor and his own medley; then 
followed, another satirical dramalet 
stressing Mr: Network's allegedly 
biased attempts to 'mediate' the 
Issues. 

For the finale, two new Irving 
Berlin songs, 'A Little Old Church* in 
'England* and 'When That Man Is 
Dead and Gone' were introduced as 
f resh.-f rom-the-piano product. Ber- 
lin's lyrical, reference- to Satan as 
that man with the small mustache' 
made this a significant song, despite 
Its swingeroo rhythm. (Following 
day the Dress was full of lyric re- 
prints.) Berlin stated It could mean 
Stalin, as well as Hitler, since both 
have mustaches; although it's In- 
tended for. all 'Satanic dictators.' 
(The London News Chronicle oh 
Monday sent by radio a photo sheet 
music of Berlin's song, first time that 
a music score was thus transmitted 
to England.) Abel. 



'Columbia Workshop* uncorked a 
bubbly container of spoofology Sun- 
day. (2) night with 'Help Me, 
Hannah,' a comedy about a deliri- 
ously intense southern belle. Written 
by Charles Monroe, scripter for the 
Lux Theatre and other commercial 
shows, piece took the Thomas Nelson 
Page brand of Virginia chivalry for a 
• good-natured ride. Was compactly 
written, starting briskly arid steadily 
rising to a punch finish. Helen 
Claire, apparently "destined to play 



every Daown Saouth accent femme 
as a result of her *lick in 'Kiss the. 
Boys Goodbye,' whammed the meaty 
part of the' heroine, while Ed 
Latimer stood out as a thwarted 
highway superintendent, Betty Garde 
was prooerlY dry as a New England 
dame. Chester Stratton and Carl 
Eastman were expertly malleable as 
passive suitors and Eustice Wyatt 
was a puttering old professor. Betsy 
Tuthill directed it deftly. True to 
radio production practice/ the sound 
effects man went overboard on the; 
auto noises. . 

Wythe. Williams, who regularly in- 
cludes . oft; his - Mutual newscasts 
scalps-tingling information about Ger- 
many's resources and plans, fired a 
shot at E. D. Ward, Nazi ace .short-: 
wave miker for America. Williams 
said that Ward (once connected with 
U. S. show business) took cognizance, 
in a broadcast of Williams' charges 
the Nazi propaganda machine 
planted 'fake* stories in European 
capitals. Ward denied' this, continued 
Williams, and insisted German 
propaganda was . conducted on a 
'high' plarie. Williams tartly sug- 
gested that Ward read Hitler's 'Mein 
Kampf to iearn what are the real 
Nazi conception and. use of. propa- 
ganda. , 

Commenting on .announcement that 
Ward's views are not necessarily 
'those of this station,' Williams, asked 
sarcastically: 'What would happen If 
his views were not those of his 
masters?' 



Peter CappeH's reading of the lead- 
ing part was also. vibrant. However, 
there was a confusing bit of script- 
ing at the close arid the Interjection 
of an editorial comment (in N the 
midst of the dramatization) by Mrs. 
Harold . V. Milligan, of the General' 
Federated < Women's Clubs, was 
poisonous showmanship. Doubtless 
it's ' essential -for diplomatic reasons 
to . have some femme executive on 
the program. But if the clubwomen 
sincerely want to improve radio they 
might help by leiYing : the micro- 
phone to professionals. 'Echoes' is 
scripted by Max Ehrlich and pro- 
duced by Frank Dodge. 



Nlles Trammell's 25-mlnute address 
on 'Radio at National Defense* de- 
livered at 16th . annual Patriotic 
Women's Conference in Hotel Wil- 
lard, Washington, strongly eihpha- 
sized the contributions advertisers 
have made to U. S. radio. He de- 
clared: "The support that American 
business has given broadcasting has 
provided the American people with 
the finest program anywhere In the 
world.' NBC president, speaking in a 
firm, even tone, said this has 'enabled 
us to improve our . public service 
broadcasts.' He spoke of '.the con- 
tinuous struggle for. the advertising 
dollar and for the ear of the listening 
public' and. of the situation's bene- 
ficial effect. 



'Echoes of 'History,' an NBC ap- 
peasement gesture -to the femme 
pressure groups, remains an imagi- 
natively conceived and ingeniously 
scriDted dramatization of events 
to the U. S. past. Last Wednes- 
day's edition, dealing with the 
arrival of the Hungarian patriot 
Louis Kossuth in New York during 
the 1850's, was pointedly timely and 
built, to a moving dramatic climax. 




; Bob Hope's very bright line of 
chatter and gags is riot helped ma- 
terially for the listener at home by 
the almost continuous . studio ap->. 
plause. Becorines annoying when, as 
last: week, . ; virtually every crack 
draws a full or a half round,, and 
Hope waits for it or encourages it. 
Outbursts becdirie slower-uppers and 
ear disturbers. Hollywood audiences 
are push-overs and comedians in- 
variably overplay to them, leaving 
dialers at times to wonder what is 
taking place in the studio. Hope, 
Basil Rathborie and Jerry ' Colorina 
(aided by topnbtch sound effects) 
extracted a lot of guffaws and some 
shrieks with that . standard laugh- 
getter, a spooky hotel sequence. 



Bess Johnson, who reads the com- 
mercial blurbs and uses her right 
name as the heroine of 'Hilltop 
HbUse,Yis up to here in heart-sear- 
ing melodrama these days. . It seems 
.Billie, - one ■ of the girls she be- 
friended, busted out of the reforma- 
tory and one of the guards .was 
killed in the process. Miss Johnson 
just can't believe : Billie is guilty, but 
wise old Judge Lennox has. advised 
her not to get mixed .up in the mess, 
or the. local citizenry may hold it 
against her. . Yarn is apparently 
what a sizable segment of the house-' 
frau-moppet audierice craves, as the 
characters more or less mirror* those 
groups. •■'': Blurbs dwell on; the .*Palm> 
olive facial' theme, working in the 
.idea that there are two women in 
every women— the radiant (Palnv 
olive) one or the forlorn (non- 
PalmoliveX' orie. Question is then 
ppsed; 'Which !ydu' will your hus- 
band see tonight?' - , ••:' 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



'Jack Armstrong,' General Mills 
J uve thriller serial out of Chicago on 
NBC red (WEAF) recreated with 
remarkable fidelity the sounds, of a 
sailing ship as the highlight of last 
Thursday (30) • afternoon's .chapter. 
Anyone familiar with sailboats must 
have found the sound effects irre- 
sistibly authentic. As the vessel 
supposedly, was jibed in a Vain at- 
tempt to avoid running aground and 
was subsequently pulled free, on its 
own anchor line, the mast groaned 
and creaked, the ropes squealed 
through the blocks, the waves 
pounded and the water gurgled. 
There was also combustible excite- 
ment In the accelerating tempo of 
the action. No landlubber ' could 
have written or directed; the show 
Interminable commercials for 
Wheaties stressed the 'breakfast of 
champions' angle. Also had a sly 
bite df evasion in the claim that 
'Wheaties are guaranteed to contain 
more nourishment than many, break- 
fast foods.' ' Addition of that single 
letter 'm* apparently .keeps the 
Federal Trade Commission at bay. 



Herttert Marshall did a one-timer 
on the Jack Benny show Sunday (2) 
night; subbing as ringmaster during 
the comedian's absence in New York. 
As usual on the series, the scripting 
carefully built the laughs around the 
standard characterizations of the 
cast, making shrewd use of Mar- 
shall's . screen personality. Edition 
was up to standard for the series, but 
the cackling . from the studio audi- 
ence sounded infantile. 



Rex Benware, reading a news ses- 
sion Saturday (1).' morning on 
WQXR, New York, went through one 
of those tangle-tongue ordeals that 
every announcer apparently must 
endure occasionally; . In the 10- 
minute stanza, he made nine per- 
ceptible fluffs, on at least two of 
which he had td make a complete 
stop and then start over againu It 
could hardly have bothered the aver^ 
age listener, but Benware, normally 
a precise enunciator, must have been 
frantic. . :■' 



Richard. Haydn, English stage 
comedian, did his Prof. Carp char- 
acterization on the Edgar Bergen' 
show Sunday (2). night, the third of 
five scheduled guest, shots on the 
series. : Using his f arriil iar -'.asthmatic- 
delivery and super-serious manner, 
he ludicrously discoursed about the 
condition of his mustache and then 
worked into a preposterous , attempt 
at singing. Also guesting on' the 
stanza where Hopalong Cassidy (Bill 
Boyd) and his sagebrush film part- 
ner Andy Clyde. They cantered 
through a session of tall-story badin- 
age with Charlie McCarthy, : About 
what would be expected. 

Fred Bate upon arrival In New 
York participated in ' a two-way 
broadcast with John MeVane and 
women assistants of NBC's London 
staff. Introduced • by John W. 
Vandercdok'.as 'The orily American 
radio ' reporter-, who has the dis- 
tinction df being injured by a Nazi 



'DEAR MOM' 

.John Walsh, Dolph Nelson, Marvin 

■: Mueller 

Drama 

20 Mins. ■ 

WRIGLEY'S GUM 

Sunday, 6:55 p. m. 

WABC-CBS, New York 

. (Neisser-Meyerhoff) 

Way this resurrected serial of the 
last World War . has been • spotted on 
the network schedule indicates that 
P. K. Wrigley must have been some- 
what leery of 'Dear Mom's' pulling 
power. Rather, than pitch it on. the 
hour (7 p.m.) against Jack Benny, he 
took five minutes away from his own 
Gene Autry show, with the obvious 
hope that once the Autry fans -got 
listening to .'Dear Mom* they'd hang 
on to the end. ; Since Autry's. faith- 
fuls loom hugely in the juvenile 
ranks, this will most likely remain 
pretty much of a hope. The kids 
will still make a fast switch for the 
station carrying Benny, and that 
move won't meet with the opposition 
of the adults in the. family. - 
: The dusting off of 'Dear Mom' Is 
predicated on the assumption that 
families with youth who have been 
inducted into the selective military 
service will be deeply interested in 
humorous, anecdotes connected with 
life about a training camp. The as- 
sumption may be a sound one, but 
the first installment of 'Dear Mom' 
didn't sound as though it will gar- 
ner the deep interest. It hot only 
had a musty and dated air about it, 
but the characters were about as 
modern as a projected stereopticori 
slide. What may have' made them 
chuckle in 1918 could give 'em the 
yawns in 1941. 

Bobby Brown, of WBBM, Chicago, 
producer and co-writer with Ray 
Wilson of this series, introduced the 
initial chapter. He explained that, 
the series sought to sketch in humor- 
ous iorm the transition of American 
youth from civilian to arhiy life. The 
opening episode imparted a tinge of 
patriotic service in that it made a 
point of assuring mothers that their 
sons would find things quite comfort- 
able about the training camp. Other- 
wise it impressed as quite alien and 
urientertaining. Odec. 



'SUNDAY NIGHT RADIO 

THEATRE'' 
With Polly Wiggins, Albert Burke 
30 Mins. 
Sustaining 
Sunday, 10:30 p.m. . 
WOR-Mutual, New York 

Mutual displays courage (or mlybe 
nerve) to spot this new* dranktic 
series at 10:30 Sunday night, o]|po- 
site the Columbia Workshop and 
NBC red's . (WEAF) 'Dead 
Dramas.' That deliberately invl 
comparisons; which this 'Sum 
Night Radio Theatre' originating! at 
WKBW. Buffalo, is pitifully unalle 
to stand. »• . 

Apparently this, attempt is In 1 
with Mufual's recent decision to 
more dramatic shows produced 
its affiliate stations; Undoubte 
the series will improve, but on tl 
basis of the initial program it does 
belong in the same league with Su: 
day night network dramatic showl 
Opening attempt was 'Ambitioj 
authored and directed by Herbe: 
Rice, program director of WKBW, 

Polly Wiggins, arid* Albert Burk 
played the leads.' ' Cal Janis com 
posed the. musical bridges. Hobe. 



bomb,' Bate requested his London co 
workers to 'Give my. best to Ed 
Murrow of Columbia and tell him I 
hope to. do more trips with him.' To 
which, one of the women replied that 
Murrow had left word to 'Give^ou 
his best.* 

Bate asked if NBC had . a new 
London off ice— old one was bombed 
— and received an affirmative reply. 
He 'would get the details later.' 

'Song Spinners,' mixed vocal, group 
on WOR-'Mutual, tossed off an in- 
gratiating] 15 minutes df light 
harmonizing, and banter Sunday (2) 
night. Spotted after Dorothy Thomp- 
son ' arid the regular 9 p^m, news 
session and Immediately ahead of 
Johannes Steel, it provided a bright 
interlude in the array of grim dis- 
cussion. Youngsters warble agree- 
ably and their informal between- 
numbers patter sounds almost ad-lib. 



* LOAN 



'MARCH THROUGH LIFE' 
With John B. Kennedy, DwightWelsL 
John Holbrook, Rather Ine Hoi. 
. brook, Charles Paul 
15 Mini.— Local 
FEDERAL SAVING S 
. ASSNS. 
Monday, 10:30 p.m. 
W ABC, New York 

(Heffelfinger) 
There are -possibilities . . in- tha 
formula of this "March Through Life' 
series Monday nights locally over 
WABC, New York. Initial show last 
week (27) failed to click, however, 
brincipally due to faulty scripting. 
Idea is to base each edition, on some 
successful Ariierican. First stanza 
took Eddie Rickenbacker, former 
automobile racer, World War ace and 
now president of Eastern Airlines. 
There's ample drama in the: subject's 
life,, but the writing was so grandilo- 
quent that it sounded a bit ridiculous,; 

. Opening with John B. Kennedy's 
narration-blurb, the show dramatized 
an incident In Rickenbacker's bby- 
hopd, when he walked home 12 miles: 
through the ralri from the factory to 
save 5c for his mother. After an 
organ bridge; Kennedy then orated 
something about 'the child is father 
to the man* and proceeded with- his 
over-euldgy. Other dramatized inci- 
dents included the difficult-to- 
drarhatize. Indianapolis auto race .(did 
they have public-address systems be- 
fore the last war?) and an air battle 
in France in which the ace brought 
his wrecked plane back to his home 
field. Latter was • especially bad 
writing; containing a bit In which the 
flyer " re-enacted events in his past 
during a tail spin, 

Besides doing the narration In his 
customary emphatic style,. Kennedy 
was credited with collaborating on 
the script with Brlce Disqiie, -Jr. 
Dwight Weist was announcer and 
played the hero both as a child and 
a Irian. Others in the cast were John 
arid . Katherine Holbrook. George 
Allen directed., assisted by Gordon 
Graham, Charles Paul arranged and 
played the organ backgrounds. 

• Federal Savings & Loan Associa- 
tions, the sponsors, used two major 
pUips, dwelling on the idea of its 
U. S. Gdverninent guarantee giving 
'double security with bigger earn- 
ings.' AIsq listed all . the organiza- 
tion's branch offices in the New York 
area. ; Hobe. 



•CANADIAN NEWS LETTER* 
With Gerry Wilmot 
15 mins. : 
Monday, 9:45 p.m. 
BBC, London 

Prepared in collaboration with Ca- 
nadian Press and CBC, and aimed 
at Maple Leafers serving with the. 
forces this side, breezy, spieling of 
Wilmot has j list that right touch. 
Announcer Is over here with CBC- 
radio unit and is buildint/himself a 
nice audierice (wartimtfT relaxation 
of BBC allows staff airers to, attach 
their names to specific sessions, pub: 
licity previously denied them). . 

Considerable-editing seems to have 
gone into the news matter to riiake, 
it free' of starch; this particularly 
noticeable when set alongside airing 
of local hews. As it comes Over, 
stuff is* both Informative and sans 
dreary lag. Spotting - of Interest 
items around various Canadian towns 
is good example of holding the ear. 

San : Francisco — Vic Paulsen, for- 
merly of KJBS, has Joined the an- 
nouncing staff of KFRC. 



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RADIO REVIEWS 43 



JACK HARRIS 
•World In Review' 

15 Mins.—Locar 
BRISTOL-MYERS 
Da»y. 10 p.m., 
WSM, Nashville 

Gab is not a mere recitation of 
INS news bulletins, but is an in- 
terpretative newscast with Jack Har- 
ris supplying the background and 
outlining the significance of current 
events. But this doesn't, gum up the 
news, rather seems to enhance it. 

Harris, who holds a master's de- 
cree in political science and history 
from Vanderbilt University, is quali- 
fied to explain the background of 
the news. Voice, too; is: well suited, 
giving impression of authority. One 
good practice . is qualifying stories 
by emphasizing source, often as 
much as saying this is probably not 
true, for source has been untrust- 
worthy in past. This sets well with 
audience. . .. „ ■' ■ 

Sponsor . keeps advertising to a 
minimum, although it's nearly im- 
possible to smoothly , blend laxative 
copy with world news. 




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for more information about 
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CBS 50,000 watt stations. 



THEATRE OF FREEDOM' 

With Rupert Lucas, Phillip Holmes, 
Susan Goulding,; John Holden, Jane 
Mallett, Jack Arthur Orchestra 

60 Mins. 

Sustaining: 

Sunday, 9:30 p.m. 

CBL, Toronto 

Although names have been prom- 
ised, for this series, and are still listed 
in. caps, the premiere program of 
Canadian Broadcasting Corp. salute 
to freedom was unable to present 
stellar rank talent Sir Cedric Hard- 
wicke disappointed. And that will 
probably happen plenty during the 
series. Because when they are asked 
to donate, their services, and make 
an : 'inconvenient journey to boot, 
they put the date subordinate to 
anything more important (i.e. any- 
thing with cash attached). 

Norman Cbrwin's 'Seems Radio. Is 
Here to Stay' was the opening pro- 
gram and Earl McGill of Columbia's 
New York office came up to direct 
it. Originally written as a drama- 
tized sales promotion brochure for 
the. American radio industry and hot 
esteemed as one of the author's best 
efforts, the script was an odd choice 
to launch a Canadian salute to lib- 
erty and whatnot. 

Series will enlist the donated serv- 
ices of such Britishers and Anglo- 
philes as Sir Cedric! Hardwicke; Ray- 
mond Massey, Paul Muni, Walter. 
Huston, Herbert Marshall, Douglas 
Fairbanks. Philip Merivale, Orson 
Welles, Charles Laughton, Anna 
Neagle. They will journey to To- 
ronto. Montreal or: Vancouver as the 
case may be to undertake the leadr 
ing roles. ■ ■ " :' / " 

'Seems Radio Is Here to Stay* was 
a fast-paced exposition of radio pos- 
sibilities and current achievements, 
swiftly illustrated by script-writer 
conferen c e s, the sound-effects 
achieved by radio engineers, etc. 
Thesis of the Corwin radio play is 
the means whereby Beethoven's Fifth 
Symphony and 'Hamlet' may be car- 
ried to Walt Whitman's 'So Many 
Ears Attending You Tonight/ V 

Next week will see Helen Mencken 
appearing here in 'Saint Joan,' this 
is the first time that Bernard Shaw 
has ever allowed a* play of his to be 
broadcast. "The editing will be done 
by Merrill Denison. 

. Opening broadcast in . .the series 
was . 'literary' but pungent. Plenty 
of harpoon-tossing into the totali- 
tarian theory of so-called racial su- 
periority. Quiz session, througout of 
Phillip Holmes and commentator 
Campbell Mclnnes aptly brought out. 
and concisely, the force of radio's 
potentialities. 

This is Arthur's Beethoven's Fifth 
and, the bedroom scene in 'Hamlet' 
With Rupert Lucas taking the honors 
as the melancholy Dane; Susan 
Goulding as the queen, and John 
Holden as Polonius. 

Lengthy cast was expertly chosen 
and directed by McGill. Premise was 
'the air we listen to must be as free 
as the air we breathe.-* Piece finished 
on a great . and stirring patriotic 
finale with Elgar's 'Pomp and Cir- 
cumstance', and his 'Land of Hope 
and Glory/ Music, however, could 
have been better dispersed through- 
out instead of coming In almost to- 
tally at the finish. ■ McStay. 



«NO POLITICS* 
Current Events Quia 
30 Mins. 
Sustaining 
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. 
WJSV-CBS, Washington 

Cross-section of Congressional 
brains was presented to the nation 
last week, by CBS in a novel adapta- 
tion of the question-and-answer pro- 
gram featuring four members of the 
House of Representatives. Program 
— which is skeddefl for every Satur 
.day at 1:30 p.m.— made its debut 
from the Willard hotel .where four 
legislators were quizzed byErnest K. 
Lindley, Washinjgton columnist and 
head of Newsweek's Capitol staff. 

Lawmakers muffed flve_out of 12 
questions on current events, history, 
literature, -geography, people in the 
news, quotations, etc. Broadcast, eh 
titled 'No Politics/ does hot concern 
itself with legislative questions, cam 
paign expenditures, public grants-in 
aid, or other subjects closely con 
netted with Congress. 

Most embarrassing to the; two Re 
publican and two Democratic mem- 
bers who participated was the all- 
'round failure to identify three indi- 
viduals who once held an important 
U. S. legislative office. Congressmen 
were mystified when asked what job 
was held in common by James K. 
Polk,' John W. Davis and Joseph 
Varnum and were considerably red 
faced when told that all three men 
once served asSpeaker of the House, 
: Representatives Clarence J, Brown 
(R., Ohio), Robert Ramspeck (D;, 
Ga>), August H. AnUresen (R., 
Minn.) and John M. Coffee (D„ 
•Wash.) were stumped by the 
question 'Who . wrote Anthony Ad 
verse?' and the Congressional quartet 
also failed to identify two out of 
three 'famous lovers of history/. 
- Program follows the regular Con- 
gressional procedure, with the master 
of ceremonies acting as 'speaker' and 
outlining the order of the 'business 
of the day/ Congressional partici- 
pants are 'recognized' as the 'gentle 
man from - — / wh ile the announcer 
acts as 'clerk of the House.' Failure 
to answer correctly nets $5 for the 
sender of the question. 



'DEANNA' 

(Deanna Durbin Biography) 

With Celia Lipton, Sydney Keith, 

Joan Young 
40 mins. 

Thursday, 4:20 p.m. ' 
BBC, London. 

Deanna Durbin was not the first 
young lady to be biographied over 
BBC but she was just about the first 
to draw both intelligent scripting and 
production. How much of a hand 
Universal had in this is conjecture- 
able. Some official ■glad-eye must 
have been given to proceedings if 
judged by data' and music! made;; 
available. • 

Harry Towers' script had pleasing 
pace and makeup, nicely mixing 1 
dialog : with sound-track melody se- I 
quences and narrator breaks. Charles I 
Maxwell , handled both . latter and 
production ' reins on : trie 40-min; 
spread given to the. up-coming of la 
Durbin in pictures. Study of sing- 
ing, star's jaunt to big time and fame 
tied in entertainingly care and pat- 
tern followed by Universal and. Pas- 
ternak, in the buildup, a factor prob- 
ably new to listeners. It alone would 
clinch session as worthwhile. 

Voicing of Celia Lipton in the Dur- 
bin dialog achieved remarkable like-: 
hess, particularly evident in peep-, 
preeming of 'Spring Parade,' where 
panel-men did * smooth job in mix- 
ing melody end with Miss Lipton's 
takeover. Girl has an attractive per- 
sonality, at its best in these filmite 
airings: of which she has done quite 
a good deal in the juve section. 



TO YOU SWEETHEART* 
Radio Romeo 
35 mins. 

Thursday, 7:40 pJn. 
BBC, London ..- 

'Romeo'' articulates for romantic 
soldiers. Loaded with sugar and 
memories of two hearts; entwined, 
he does well by his emoting until 
reaching some particularly tender 
moment in recollection when he goes 
veritably hoarse with passion. • It's 
where session is likely to draw a 
laugh. .\, ■ 

Discs are used to supply atmos- 
phere or to ease home some spe- 
cially iweet passage. They borrow 
Bing Crosby. 

BBC had a similar session on the 
air with a Juliet putting through a 
weekly phone call to her boy friend. 
Series then benefitted considerably 
by ease with which chosen femme 
handled the emoting chore. 



'CANDID MR. X* 
Film Comments tor 
15 Mins. — Local .... 
Sustaining ' • 
Sunday, .3:30 p.m. 
\VGRC, Louisville-New Albany 

Announcer's opening spiel on this 
film reviewing stanza perked the in- : 
lerest. Gist of his remarks included i 
the' .promise 'this reviewer nays his 
way to see the pictures, and accepts 
no passes. He is not: employed by ; 
any theatre or film producer, and ' 
he is not sponsored.' For this rea- , 
son, he. is free to express his own | 
Opinion, .with no strings tied ' to . his 
comments— he calls 'em as he sees 
.'em/ ■ -. . .: . 

. After this build-up. all. the listeners . 
heard was a resume of the pictures 1 
showing on downtown screens, with ■ 
an/ outline of the story and com- i 
merits on the cast. Nothing more 
exciting than that,' except a refer- l 
ence to one 'B' pic as 'trash,' 'miss , 
it if you can.' Very little profes- 
sional comments Von photography, 
production, direction, 7 etc. In fact,- 1 
the whole stanza was handled in a 
sing-song, style, obviously the voice 
was following script, with - little 
change of pitch or inflection. Hold. 



GRADY COLE SUNDAY FARM 

:. CLUB 

Two Hours 

Sustaining 

Sundays, 7-9 a.m. 

WBT, Charlotte 

. This early : Sunday morning ex- 
travaganza is a big chunk of radio 
program to expect at this hour of 
a Sabbath . morning. Practically all 
of WBT's top talent : participates; 
Makes a usually dull period lively. 
. Grady Cole emcees the Sunday 
version as he does the weekly Farm 
Club. Shaw caught, included song- 
stress Jane Bar ilett, organist Clar- 
ence Etters, the Texas Rangers, 
Oklahoma Sweethearts, and an 11- 
year-old singing lad from a nearby 
town. Air gave but on the type* of 
music most appreciated, and re- 
quested, by the Bible Belters, lii. 
fact, the two-hour show is packed 
with what; Cole's followers demand. 
Strictly corn. ' 

. Sandwiched In between yodel ing 
and .string music were farm and 4-H 
club news, stock, cotton 1 market, 
weather, and general sod business 
reports, road conditions, world news, 
county farm agent's reports. Cole. Is 
in his natural medium as head man, 
tossing off slow-motion witticisms 
and back-road philosophies that lis- 
teners chuckle over for days follow- 
ing across community cracker bar- 
rels. Just. 



'BROADWAY CALLING' 

With Gertrude Lawrence, Richard. 

Haydn, Harry Richman, Fred War. 

ing Glee Singers, Allan Ross Orch 
Transcription ; 
30 mins. 
F'L'iday, 5 p.m. 
BBC, London 

Mebbe we're getting blase; it's 
doubtful if showmen or listeners 
oyer here were sent all a'sparkle as 
result of this transcription made : by, 
and imported from ■Broadway,: 

Gertrude Lawrence's routining of 
a spreadover gag has been in use 
herr some time. So had the gag 
itself, around 'the morning after/ 
You s.i'bstitute kippers for grapenuts, 
three hikers for commercial travel-. . 
ers and the beds belong to farmer's 
daughters. And has Miss Lawrence 
no new songs? ■ 

'Mr. Carp' mbnolog by Richard 
Haydn would rate as listenable. But 
Jack Warner and Cyril Fletcher, top 
radio comics this side, have been 
doing the same stuff over the air 
here for months now, /right down to 
the adenoids. To do Haydn justice, 
however, 'Mr. Carp' Is a character^ * 
zation he's been doing for some years, 
both in London and on Broadway. 

Waring's Glee Singers were nice 
but on this platter nothing standout. . 
Single choral item left impression it 
had been pushed in; unfortunate be- 
cause chorus vocalingVis '.made and ? 
thought much of here. Harry Rich- 
man, despite what seemed a tough 
cold, offered 'We're Ort Our Way/ 
It would be taken up if this was a 
soldier's war. Right now it's all; done 
in the air and • that's where Britain's 
heart is. Don't they read ■ on Broad- 
Way? 



YVONNE ARNAUD 
5 Mins. 

Punday, 8:15 p.m. 
BBC, London 

Guesting on 'Hi Gang' show, 
actress uncovered a sprightly, rou- 
tine geared for socko laughs. Her 
Frenchie flavoring of rib against 
Americans being nice men, but poor 
lovers, must have tickled many an ear 
while putting show's principals, Ben 
Lyon and Vic Oliver, into 're- 
hearsal' of the art. , Both scripter 
and Miss Arnaud rate credit for the 
deft handling. 

A pianist of repute, actress closed 
with a- Chopin piece, of brilliant, 
fingering. 

'HI Gang" show as a whole sup- 
ports its Number One spot oh BBC 
airings. Now in sixth or seventh 
month: session has sloughed off early 
pains and travels now as a class pro- 
duction. '■::'" 




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44 RADIO MARKETS 



Wednesday, February 5,1 941 



Natiohal Spot Accounts Currently Active 

(According to Report from VARIETY'S 'Radio Market Cities 9 ) 



ACCOUNT 
American. National Bank 
Anchor Pain Expeller . !' 
Armour . Si Co. » , . .... . . . . 

AS0AP . . ......;.y 

Barbasol .-.iy. v. . '. 
. Bayuk Cigar.-. V. '..v... - ;'. 
Blackstone Products i . 
Blackstone Products.-. 



AGENCY 

.. . . . . Raymond Keane. . 

.....rl! W. Kastoi'. ... .. 

, ,V. ...Lord St Thomas... ... 

,;. . iilackstbrie Ady. . ; , 
.. . . , ..Erwin,...Wasey . ... . 

. . Ivey Ellington . .;. 
, . ... < Raymond Specior.. . 

.. Raymond Specior . ... 



Calif. Fruit Growers Exchange. Lord & Thomas , . 
Campbell ■ Cereal" (Malto-Meal). H;-';W; Kastor. ; ... 
Canada Dry Gingrer Ale (Spu'tf-):J; -M.'Mjthes.-.- ' 
Carnation Co. . . ... . . ~ 

Carter Proilupts.. '. ... 

Chelsea Ci?a "^.ttes , 
Consoliated Cir ; V.;. 1 
Contl . Products. . . . 



TIME PURCHASES 

: . . ; . . /.'ii. Hours 
, •. ..v . .. , , ;5-Mins. 

77;.. . : Jlpurs 
, .' .> . . '. Full-Hours 
, ... ; ' . '. .. . . . \'\ Hours 

. . . . . Ami ouncements 

....... . .Hour News 

. ; . .', . i : Hours 
. . v. .. . ;TinW . Signals 

. . . i i . . .Spots 
.....Vi HoUrs 

.V. . Hours 
.'■ . , Announcements 
: ; Farticipatic-hs 
. v*V. Hour .News 



Drake Bakeries. 
Folder Coffee. 



Erwin,.. Wasey. 
,v. vi''.'-.V..> Street '.& -Finney i- . . 
,-Vvv.' , . Warwick &' . Le^lei* 
. . Erwin, Wasey'. . .* . . : :' 
: . . ;,.. .. .. B^mirigharn, Castleman & Pierce • 

Announcements 
; .. . . v ; .■ . , Young & : : Rub ica m . . ./..■..,.. .An nouncernents 

i Raymond ■ R. Morgan . . . V* Hours 



Foster-MHburn (t)oan's Pi lis)... Street & .Finpey 
Friday : Majrazlrie. i .' . . . . H. C. ' Morris. .. i ... . y 

Gordon Bs» kl'ng • • '- • v .Par ton .. Steb.b i ns'.. 
Guaranty Union Life Ins. . . .'. ,'Stodel Adv... 

Healthalds . ... . , . . Ruthrauff & Ryan. ... 

Hecker Products. ... . ..... ... ..Maxon, Inc. ..... 

International Harvester. ... ... . . . ., Aubrey, . Moore; 8i Wallace 

'.'•.;"• Announcements, Participations 

International Harvester...... . ..Aubrey, Moore & Wallace. Announcements 

Jolly Time Popcorn 
Kellogg Co; . 1 . . . . 

Lehn & Fink'.'. . . ; . . 



. Announcemerits 
... ...Spots 

. .-...5-Mins. 
..'4 Hours 
. , \'a Hours 
Announcements 



Buchanan Thomas • . ';./.'; .Annouhcements 
, . T <enypn & 'Eckhardt. . Station Breaks, Spots 



Lever Bros. '(Silver Dust). 
Lever Bros. . ... . . . . . 



» ».Wm. Esty 
.. BBD&O 

. . Ybung-.& Rubicam. . . . 



. Weather .-Reports, 
■ Arinouncemehts 
..v. .Time Signals 
. Ahnounteroents 



P. Lprlllard (Union Leader. & 
Beechnut tobacco > . . . A.. 

L'y.dia Plnkham . . . '. . 

Macfadden Publication . . %> 

Maryland.. Pharma?eu . 

M.y-T-F'ine Dessert .; . ■ , 

Noxzema Chemicnl. . . > ; . . . 

Omar Mills ; ,;. / : 

Pierce's' Medic! ' .... '; .. . .' : 

Quaker. 1 ' Oats. i-. . . . : . 

Held, Murdoch. . . . . . . :. ; 

Rlchman Bros. ... . ; . 

Savarln Coffee. ... . . 

it. By Semler .... .. ......... ..'■..; ...^ 

Vapex. , . . ... i 

Vlck' Chemical. . . I . . V . . 

Ward Baking . . . , . . 

Wesson Q\l. . . . . v. 

White Labs. (Chooz) . . . . 

Wlllard Tablet Co : . . . . . 

Williamson Can-' ■ Co . , . . ... , 

Wm. H. Wise :(\Vbrl:Vs;Ci ; eat^ 
est Books). . ..'.'•......' ; 

W. A. Sheaffer Pen Co". . . . 



.Lennen & Mitchell; .;; .»..'.. .% Hour News 
. Krwin; W^sey. . . . , ../.. . . , 5-Mins 

. Erw/ih, ; Wasey .Vi.y. . . . . . ; \ . : Yt Hours 

. Joseph: Katz. . . . . ... . . '. vAnhouhcernents 

, 3BD&6 . . . . . ... ..... . . ... Announcements 

.Ruthrauft & Ryan. .......... ...Vz Hours 

. Hays MacFarlahd.:, ...... .Announcements 

.H. W^ Kast6r\^...;. : ;>:..^:..; : ;V:Ah'noiADceme^ts 
.RuthraufT & Ryan. ......... f .. .'.V4 Hours 

. Rogers 8c Smith . . . . ..... .Announcements 

.McCann-Ericksbn ;« , ,"; . : Hour New$ 
. Gussow-Kbhn . \ . . .'. . Annpuncemehts 
i Erwin, . Wasey. . .......v.. . ; . ...'A Hours 

.Small. & Seifier .-. ; . . . . . , . ; . . . , ; . .Spots 

. Morse" International. . i . . . .Announcements 

^Sherman. K. Ellis . ... . . . , ... .Tjme' Signals 

, .Fitzgerald Adv.; . ;. > . ; ... . . . . Participations 

i Wm, Esty. .. .'...•.>•. ,,.•'..... .Annbun cements 

. First United Broadcasters. ;. U -• i5-MInsi 
..Henri, Hurst At McDonald. .. ...Mi Hours. 

.Northwest Radio ; , A, .'.•.',• . ,-. .■';:<. 5-Mins 
v Russel M. ; Seeds'. . v; .... . .Station Breaks 



DEPARTMENT STORES BUYING RADIO 
TIME LAST WEEK 



Richbooks Dept. Store. 
Marshall. field St Co. . . 
H. Macy St Co. , . . . . ; 



-..'CITY'^';./ 

. ....... Sah Antonio 

i. . ..Chicago .7. . . . ; . ■. 

..New York City 



TIME FUBCHASES 



> • • » ♦ • » 4 



.Announcements 
.Announcements 
. '.. : . . . .5-Mlns, 





s ingest, an 
Non-Advertiser, Buys Blurbs on KH 



Los. Angeles, Feb. 4. 
Gradually the home . transmitters 
•re hauling.up to safer: ground,, with 
the margins lenghening away from 
the scarlet drip. Total showed' bet- 
ter than 300 units on the Up-side and 
only lagger Was national spots. In- 
flux of hew contracts augurs for 
strong pickups on all fronts. Sales 
heads say the lag is purely seasonal 
and' reflects no especial significance 
one way or the other. 

Reader's Digests which accepts no 
•dvertising— and indulges . in very 
little of the . same except of the di- 
rect .mail variety— gave the nod to 
radio with a contract calling for 26 
announcements on KFI. 

KHJ: Homemakers Club, 65 Half- 
hour periPds, through Glasser 1 -. 
Gailey! Hebrew Evangelization So- 
ciety, 52 halfrhour periods, through 
Tom "Westwood; . Payroll Guarantee 
Ass'n, " 52 quarter-hour periods, 
through Cinenia Adv.; William Wise 
Co., . six flve-minute programs, 
through Northwest Adv.; Lohgines- 
Wittnauer • Watch Co., 3,650 an- 
nouncements, through Arthur Rosen- 
berg; O'Keefe & Me.rritt (stoves and 
refrigerators),' ~366 announcements, 
through Richard Atchison; Rockwobd 
St Co., 40 participations in Norma 
Young's 'Happy Homes.' 

KNX: Red Heart Dog Food, 78 
participations • . in . F^tcher Wiley 
combination, : through Henri, Hurst 
& McDonald; Downtowh Dollar Day, 
- 14 time signals and six participa 
iions in Wiley combo, through Hill 
man-Shane; Fox-West Coast thea 
tres, 52 announcements, through 
Western Adv.; Compton's Encyclo- 
pedias, 12 participations in Wiley 
combo, through Sidney Garfinkel. 

KFI: . Pathfinder Petroleum, 13 
quarter-hour broadcasts of The 
World't a Stage'; Central Chevrolet, 
49' announcements, through Stodel 
Adv.;. Beckman FUr, ;: 42. announce 



mehts, ;through Glasser - Gailex; 
Reader's Digest . Ass'n, 26 annpunce-. 
ments, through Batten, Barton, Dur- 
stine & Osborn; Sweetheart _ Soap 
(renewal), 39 quarter-hour ' news- 
casts, through . Franklin ' Bruck; 
Foreman & Clark, 96 quarter-hour 
newscasts, through Milton Weinberg. 

KECAr Todd's Clothes, $9 quarter- 
hour newscasts/ through N. J. New- 
man; Baker Shoes, 26 announce- 
ments, through Sidney Garflnkel. 



|: Feb. 1 Compared to Jan. 25 



Network Local National Total 

Units Units Spot Units Units 

. 13,127 8,872 1,394 23.393 

12,882 B.716 1,471 23,069" 

+ 1.9% +1.8%. —5.2% +1.4% 

(Included: KECA, KFI,' KPWB, KHJ. 

KNX) 



Bad Spotting 



William Esty agency ordered 
KMQX, St. Louis, last week to 
'.find a new spot for its announce- 
ment on Chooz when it was dis- 
covered that the plug, on the 
.acid indigestion remedy imme- 
diately followed a prdgranr deal- 
ing with good cooking, and meal 
planning. •". 

' The program was the station's 
own .'Magic Kitchen.' . 



COLONIAL WEB MEN 
PLOT A YEAR AHEAD 






NBC 




97 



CRITCHFIELD INHERITS 
AIR-USING FEED ACCT. 



Chicago, Feb. 4. 

Critchfleld agency here has taken 
over the Murphy Feed account, forr 
merly, with the Wade aigency. 

Murphy Feeds have been using 
ether space for several years, and in- 
dications, are that under the Critch- 
fleld handling will increase purchases 
on network and farm stations' con- 
siderably. 



Plough Extends List 

Plough, Inc., has expanded its spot 
announcement list for Penetro Ihd 
St. Joseph's aspirin from. 35 to .47 
stations. The added outlets are lo- 
cated, in the Carolines, Virginia, Ala- 
bama, Tennessee, Texas', Louisiana,. 
Missouri and Indiana. . 
.. Lake-Spiro-Shurman is the agency. 



Boston, Feb, 4. 

Some 40 representatives of the 
Colonial Network's 19 New England 
stations . met here in a round table 
discussion. 'Planning today for next 
year's results was the keynote of this 
merchandising - promotion meeting,' 
was the statement given by Linus 
Travers, Colonial's vice-president of 
sales arid production. 

Present at the meeting were: 
Quincy L. Brackett, WSPR. Spring- 
field; Ivan Newman and Gerald J. 
Morey, WNLC, New London; S. R. 
Elman, WATR, Waterbury; Robert 
Donahue and Al Moffat, WLLH, 
Lowell - Lawrence; John Libby, 
WCOU, Lewiston-Augusta; James L. 
Spates, WHAI, Greenfield; Glover 
Delaney. WTHT, Hartford; Jack At- 
wood; WRDO, Augusta; James Milne, 
WELI, New. Haven; Earle G. Clement, 
WLNH,. Laconia; Malcolm Parker, 
WEAN, Providence; James J. Gavi- 
gan, WHAI, Creerifleld; Thompson L. 
Guernsey, WLBZ, Bangor; Philip 
Weiss, WSYB, Rutland; . William War- 
ner, WAAB, Boston; George Steffy, 
William Eynon, Robert Bartley, Ger- 
ald Harrison and Linus Travers from 
the Colonial Network. 



. - NBC has put out a new ratd card 
for the blue network which shows 
an increase of 29 stations. Card lists 
97 regular, blue stations subject to 
special blue discounts', 1 55< additional 
outlets available, to blue advertisers 
by special; arrangements, making It a 
total of 152 . stations available. -for 
national 'coverage. . 

The regular blue station list be- 
came 98 Friday (31)' with' the an- 
nouncement, that WORD, Spartan-; 
burg, S. G, becomes part of the 
southeastern group. March: 29. 




\ Washington,- Feb.. 4. 

Procedure followed by Federal Trade Commtssioii in pre vent- 
ing misleading advertising was rapped b>r the attorney general's 
committee oil administrative procedure ■ recen tly .' . M embers 
of the F. T. C. try to pay personiil attention .to . altogether too 
many matters, according to. committee report. 

Urging greater , delegation of duties, the report , sent to the 
President said the job. of initiating proceedings should be as- 
'signed to the head of the radiorperibdicals division, while cbm- 
plaihts ought not be made .know"— except where some Uniisual 
circumstance arises, such as need for protecting public health— 
■ until the victim has had time to digest and ans>yer the accusa- 
tions. The stipulation method followed by the F. T. C. *n ad- 
vertising cases was. commended but the special committee felt 
there is much room for improvement in order to avoid possible 
injustice and speed-up Operations. 



Boston, Feb. 4. 

Priscilla Fortescue, Boston, com- 
mehtator, will be radio Clara Dud- 
ley' in new series, 'New England 
Home;,' starting Feb: 9 on CBS New . 
England network .keyed by WEEI. 

Three-a-week matinee schedule's 
under sponsorship • of ■ Alexander 
Smith & Sons Carpet. Co., Yonkers,' 
N.: Y., interior decorating consult- 
ants of which -write under f Clara 
Dudley : .monicker.';: . Accb.urit's han- 
dled by^Anderson,, X)ayis & Platte. 

, ESTP's Danish Doily Tie-Up 

: " Minneapolis, Feb. 4;. 

An . unusual 13-Aveek KSTP con- 
tract will aid. a Minneapolis Danish 
newspaper, Det Danske Ugeblat, in 
plugging its advertisers.! Show is 
a musicai game, called 'Songo,' with 
Cards for participation of. listeners, 
available only : at the places that ad- 
vertise the foreign' language 
newspaper. .'•.''..■■. 

program, aired each Thursday, 
noon, Will consist of blind: tunes, 
with listeners given a chance, to 
guess the titles and win: weekly 
prizes,. 



ALL CHI UNITS 





. . : Chicago, Feb. 
With' the between-season lull .' still", 
at the helm, here, biz generall'- ,vas 
becalmed, during the past week. Lo- 
cal units, the oiily category to feel 
any breezes at alii didnt get -far 
enough to cause more than ia. ripple. 

WOR: vEvans fW Co., two /15-min^': 
ute periods each Sunday, through 
Critchfleld agency; Sunfllled Orange 
Juice, two station .break announce- 
fliehts daily, through Newby, Pardn 
& Fliicraft; ■National Refining Go., 
one dally, one-minute announcement; 
through Sherman E. Ellis.. • : 

WBBM: Marshall Field . & Co:, 
seven time signal announcements 
weekly," 1 through Charles Daniel 
Frey; Beatrice Creameries,, three an- 
nouncements weekly, through Lord 
& Thomas; Churchill Bros/ Fur Stor- 
age Co., Sunday 15-mihute period, 
through George Hartman agency. 

WIND: Schwimm'er & Scott 
agency, six night-time hours weekly. 
Monday through Friday; General 
Furnl.ture Co., ^30. ' rhihutes daily, 
Monday thrbugh Friday, ^thrbugh 
Illinois agency; CoCa-Cola Coi, 30 an- 
nouncements weekly, / through Wil. 
liam , Wisdom agency; Cohti ^Prod- 
ucts; • 24 ' . announcements weekly; 
through Bermlhgham,. Castleman & 
Pierce. ' ': 



; Feb. 1 Compared to Jan. 25 . 



Network Local National Total 



Units 
9.915 
':■. 9,930 
—0.2% 
(Included: 



Units 

6.287 
6,250 
+0.6% 



Spot Units Units 

11,260 . 27i462 
11,265 27,443 



WBBM. WENR, WON. WIND, 
WJJD, WI*S."WMAQ) 



♦ No change* 



SNIFFLE BIZ GOOD, 
VICK ADDS $30,000 



Vick Chemical has increased . its 
spot expenditures for the current 
season by $30,000 as a result "mostly 
of the bull market that cold 'reme- 
dies have had this winter. The Com- 
pany may extend, its campaign into 
the summer in many of its markets 
because of the success that its latest 
product, Vick's Inhaler, has been 
meeting. • 

Affected by the extra appropria- 
tions are about 20 markets. 



PETER FOX B|Z PUSH-UP 

Big User of Radio Tim* Shows 
Comfy Margin for Tear 



Chicago, Feb. 4. 

Peter. Fox Brewing Co., wholesale 
user of radio time in this territory, 
showed a 61% increase in volume 
sales for the '. six month period end- 
ing Dec. 31, 1940, as compared to the 
similar period in 1939/ In 1940 the 
closing six. months showed a sales 
total of $1,907,752, while the year 
previous had .been .only. $1,264,298. 

Beer outfit has been slugging It out 
on ! radio in these parts through the 
Schwimmer &: Scott, agency. ■ 



NAT L SPOT PHOTS 
DETROIT UNITS— UP i% 

■ — — • •'■; i 

Detroit, Feb. A. 
Conditions still are spotty among 
the Detroit stations, with those mak- 
ing gains offset .. by . those losing 
ground. National spot took the big 
push upward last week recording 
close to fOur per cent while the 
Other categories, which the week be- 
fore had seen an upward/push, lost 
slightly> "■ 

. Prospects still are good here for 
the year with the figures emerging 
from the seasonal Slump better than 
in previous, years in. a good position 
to make this one big:. Sales staffs 
still are lining up the accounts 
locally, but. there is some fumbling 
around for starts, 

WXYZ: Quaker Oats, 15 minutes, 
five weekly, 13 weeks; Crowley- 
Milher Department ., Store, five an- 
nouncements weekly, 13 weeks, Air- 
casters, Inc., Detroit; Swift & Co, 
15 minutes, three times weekly, 13 
weeks; Dr. Pierce Medicine, five, an- 
nouncements weekly, 13 weeks; 
Sears, Roebuck, 10 . minutes, six 
times weekly, six weeks; Michigan 
Highway Department, 15 . minifies, 
weekly, 13. weeks. 



Feb. 1 Compared with Jan. 25 | 

Network Local National ToUl 

Units Units Spot Unite Units 

9,395 11,834 4,335 25,564 

9,434 11,850 4,172 26,456 

—0.4% —0.1% +3.9%. . +0,4% 
Stations Included: CKLW, -WJBK, WJB. 

WMBC, WWJ. WXTZ) . 

Parents' 'Magazine Scripts 

. San Antonio, Feb. 4; 
. 'Kindergarden. for Parents' is the 
title, of a new series of programs to 
be aired here by William (Buster) 
Bryan through KTSA. . 

Scripts compiled by Parents Maga- 
zine. ■ ' ■ 




m 




j. ".;'-'- - • ■ ; ' '•' ' Milwaukee, Feb. 4. . 

Sunday is the. big day of the week for 1 foreign language programt 
on Milwaukee. radio stations, and the sample schedule herewith tells 
its own story: , ': ■ .:'. '■ ./•. 
9:15 o.;wr- Musical Sunshine (GermaW, WEM-Pi 
10: 00 a. Tn.-^Jeuiish Hour, WEMPi 
10:00 a. m.— Bavarian Hour, W1SN. 
11:30 a. m.r-German Ifour, WISN.. 
12: 00 m,.— Czechoslovak Hour, WEMP. 
12:30 p. Tti.— -Bohemian Airs, WEAfP.. 
1: 00 p. m.— Musical Sunshine ■(German) , WEMP. 
1:45 p. m.— Polish Merry Makers, WISN. 
8:00 p. m.— Polish Hour, WEMP. 

Other broadcasts, in English Or dialect, slanted- to nationality groups, 
are heard from time to time, bespeaking the cosmopolitan nature v of 
the community. . 



Wednesday, February S, 1941 



RADIO MARKETS 45 



to 









Symphony on WQXR;N.Y. Idles 



Gotham continued to slumber dur- 
. ing the past week, two categories: 
remained .unchanged, .while, local 
units sank deeper into the red.' ■■? 

WHN is currently distributing., a 
>ales brochure on : their, 'Kid Wiz- 
. ards* sustainer. grainy moppets are: 
r introduced individually in / the text, 
as is quiz-master Louis Wolfe, a 
V. teacher In . the ; New - York "City 
schools. A description ;o| the" pro? 
gram, mail : response and '. press 
quotes are also included. Recipients 
are invited to try their gray matter 
on 12 questions the Kids answered 
correctly., 

' WHN: The Dixieljotel, "New York; 
through Buchanan ft Co., Inez, .se- 
ries of announcements; T^e .Morris 

• Plan Industrial Bank of Ni Y., 
it h r p u g h 1 ; Gotham Advertising 
Agency, renewal, daily ' station-break 
announcements; 10-week . contract; 
Filmart Theatre, through Klinger 

. Advertising Corp./ stetion-break. an- 
nouncements; Conti Products Corp., 
through Bermingham, Castleman & 
Pierce/ renewal, daily station-break 
and participating . announcements; 
52-week contract. 

WINS: Str ickler's Inc., . through 
Golde Advertising Co., 264. one-min- 
ute announcements over period of 

. . 13: weeks; Radio. Time Sales Co.; di- 
rect, three 1-hour broadcasts weekly, 
13 weeks; Glad Tidings Tabernacle, 
direct one hour weekly, 52-week 
contract 

WM C A : Paramount Pictures, 
through Buchanan & Co., four an- 
nouncements; \ Music - Box-Lyceum 
Theatres, - through Kaytpn-Spiero, 
five announcements; H. Fox & Co. 
(U-Bet Chocolate. Syrup), through 

.. Arthur RoSenburg ft Co., announce- 
ments, 13-week contract; Savari 
Coffee, through Gussow-Kahh & Co., 
announcements, 13-week contract; 
Elks Rendezvous Restaurant; direct, 
two half-hour programs, weekly, fea- 
turing remote orchestra; Hotel St 
George, Brooklyn, through. E. T. 
Howard Co., Inc., renewal for 10 
broadcasts, participation in 'Rise and 
Whine,' National Schools of. Los 
Los Angeles, through Huber-Hoge 
& Sons, renewal,. 13 quarter-hour 
. programs weekly and 6 five-minute 
programs weekly; 52-week contract; 
Battle Creek Natural Products Corp., 
through Metropolitan '.; Advertising.; 

. 'Co, three programs weekly, 52-week 

• contract; My. r T - Fine. /Desserts. , 
through BDD&O, time, announce- 
ments, 13-week contract. 

WNEW: Brunswick- Laundry, 
through Ay -Lewis King Co., five 
. minutes on 'Start the -Day Right/ 
13 weeks; Junior Americans of the 
United States, through Arthur Ros- 
enberg Advertising, weekly quarter- 

• hour quiz program, 13rweek con- 
tract; So-Lo Works, Inc., through 
Harry- M. Miller, Inc., one-minute 
announcements, one week; Para- 
mount pictures Corp., through 
Buchanan & Co., announcements for 
one week; H. Fox (U-Bet chocolate, 
syrup), through Arthur Rosenberg 
Advertising, Ave announcements 
weekly; Morris. Plan Industrial Bank 

V of N. ;.Y., through Gotham Adver- 
tising; Agency,, three announcements 
weekly, 13-week contract; Wilson & 
Co; (Ideal Dbg Food), . through 
United States Advertising . Corp., 
'Make Believe Ballroom,' quarter- 
: hour three times weekly, 13-week 
. /Contract; Solo : Products Corp., 
through S. R. Leon Agency, 'Make 
' Believe . Ballroom/ quarter-hour 
three -times weekly, 13-week con- 
tract; Pehick & Ford, Ltd. (My-T- 
Fine), through BBD&O, orie-mihute 
announcements, 14-week contract; 
Walton Pen Co., through United Ad- 
vertising Co:, 10 minutes ph 'Music 
Hall/ Tues. through Sat, .one week. 

WOR: Drake . Bakeries, ' through 
Young & Rubicam, . one-minute an- 
nouncements twice daily; :'■ Mon. 
through , Sat., 17-week contract; 
Standard Brands (Chase & San- 
born Coffee ), through J. Walter 
Thompson, one-minute announce-. 
Jjents, three times daily, Moii. 
through Friday, eight-week contract 
and 35-word station breaks, three 
times weekly, eight weks; Procter & 
Gamble, through Compton Advertis- 
"Jg. seven station breaks weekly, 
52-week . contract; Megowen-Edu- 



cator: Food Co. (Crax), through 
Badger "& Browning, participation 
in. 'Dear Imogene/ weekly quarter- 
hour, 23-week' contract; Werie Chick 
Farms, through ShafferiBrennan- 
Margulis Advertising, 'Farmer's .Di- 
gest/ three times .weekly for . one 
Week; North American Accident- In- 
surance.. Co.;-- through Franklin. 
Br u'cjc,' U-P. : hewsi : twice . weekly; 13- 
week contract; Look • Magazine, 
through Raymond Spector,. renewal, 
Transradio news, quarter hour; three 
times weekly, 52-week contract; 
Adler Shoes for Men, through Con- 
solidated Advertising, one-minute 
announcements, three times weekly; 
Paramount Pictures Corp.; through 
Buchanan & Co, five announcer 
mentis '.. for ^Virginia'; Beaumont 
Labs., extension of contract and in- 
creased, announcements; . W. .A. 
Sheaffer Pen Co., through Russel M. 
Seeids, 35-word station breaks, three 
times . weekly, 13-week . contract. 

WQXR: . General Foods Corp. 
(Sanka Coffee), through Young &,, 
Rubicam, renewal, one hour weekly, 
'Symphony Hal]/ 13 - week contract; 
Treat Co., . Inc. (potato, chips),! 
through Arthur Rosenberg Co, Inc., 
nine station breaks, weekly, 13-week 
contract 



| Feb. 1 Compared to Jan. 25 | 



I/etwbrk .'Local National . Total 
Units Units Spot Unite; Units 
165 10,427 . 8,797 - 19,389 
. 165 10,576 8,804 • .19,545 
—1:4%- — 0.8% 



• No change. • 

(Included.-:- WHN, 
WQXR) 



W.MCA. WNEW, 



BEECHNUT SPOTS ON 
KLZ; DENVER RALLIES 



> Denver,; -Feb. 4. 

KFEL signed 468 quarter-hours; 
KOA, 51 of the same, while KFEL 
received an . extension on two half- 
hours a week for ah indefinite period. 

KLZ; Procter & Gamble, through 
Comptph Adv., four cut-in announce- 
ments; Republic Drug Co., through 
Raymond Keane, three 'announce- 
ments; Kurlahd Mptors, 10 spots; 
Beech-Nut Packing Co., through 
Newell-Emmett, 60 spots; Dave Cook 
Sporting Goods Co.. through Max 
Goldberg, six quarter-hour news- 
casts weekly, one • year; Kortz-Lee 
Jewelry Co, through Ted: Levyy 
agency, three quarter-hours weekly 
one- year; Standard Motor Co.. 
through Max Goldberg, 26 spots. 

KOAi Ralston Purina Co.,. through 
Gardner Adv, : three .quarter-hours 
weekly, 'Checkerboard Time/ 17 
weeks; Manhattan Soap Co.. Franklin 
Bruck /agency, 42 one-minute . an- 
nouncements; International .Harves- 
ter Co, through Aubrey, Moore & 
Wallace, 12 announcements. 

KFEL: Associated Tailors, through 
Earl A. Pivan agency, daily chain 
breaks, one month; Chez Paree Night 
Club; two spots, daily except Sun- 
days, one year; Desserich Furniture 
Co, through Ted. Leyy agency, three 
announcements daily, one year; 
Neighbors of- ; Woodcraft, . .through: 
Mac .Wilkins & Cole, renewal half- 
hour twice .a. week, indefinite; Rock- 
wood Chocolate Co^hrO^hFede^ 
Adv., three participating announce- 
ments ..weekly;' announcement ser- 
vice to Ala-Down Pharmacy; Voll- 
meY's Bakery, Witt's Food Store, 
Crew's Restaurant, Guiry Bros. Wall- 
paper & Paint Co, Windslow & Dav- 
idson, Midway Lunch, Levitt's Cut 
Rate Market,. Ferstein Bros. Garage;; 
Alameda Sales' & Service. Auto Hotel 
.Garage and Hollywood Dance Hall.: 



| Feb. 1 Compared to Jan. 25 . : | 

Network Local National: Total 
Units Units Spot Units Units 
8,370 4,232 1,467 14,069 
8,115 4,238 ; 1,512 13,865 

+3.1% —0.1% — 3% . . +1.5% 
(included: KPEC, KT.z;. KOA, KVOD) 

Hulbert Taft, Jr., manager ot 
WKRC, Cincinnati,' motored to Flor- 
ida's West Coast last, week for a 
fortnight's holiday..' His' wife is 
along. 




After Preliminary Uproar 
N.A.B. and Four A's Agree 
on Broad Terms - for; New 
Contract Long Winded 

.'■'■ Conference* End 



DOCUMENT DUE 



The National Association of Broad- 
casters' and the American Associa- 
tion of Advertising Agencies are at 
peace. A special N.A.B. committee 
and a delegation, of time buyers last 
week came: to a final agreement! on 
the terms which : are. to go into a 
new. standard contract for spot time 
bookings. Before copies of the new 
contract form will . be sent ; N.A B. 
member stations, mimeographed ver- 
sions will be distributed among the 
conferees for another look-see this 
week; : 

: Compromise was reached on . the' 
point most bitterly contested by the 
Four A's spokesmen, and this had to' 
do with the 2% discount It was 
eventually agreed that the discount 
clause not be written into the stand- 
ard form but that blank space 'be 
provided, for its writing-in by the 
agreeable station. About 18% of the 
stations allow this. Another Four 
A's . demand, guarantee, against 'se- 
cret rates/ 'went by the board, but 
the agency time buyers did get a 
clause . indemnifying .their clients, 
against ihf ringement , damages , in 
connection with BMI music. . 

Broadcasters committee set tip by 
Neville : Miller of the . N.A.B. ahd 
chainpaned by Harry Wilder , of 
WSYR, Syracuse, encountered plenty 
of grief and gab in this matter! In- 
stead: of the expected two or three 
meetings literally months of huddles 
were necessary, presence of station 
sales rep Edward Petry (at- the re- 
ported suggestion Of Ed Craig of 
WSM, Nashville) was resented by 
time buyers as were some of his re- 
marks. Broadcasters in turn re- 
sented and didn't ; get along with 
Frederick Gamble of the Four A's. 
The pugnacity finally .subsided and 
the basis for the new contract 
emerged. 

Suffering from exhaustion the 
broadcasters committee announced 
itself last week as going out of exist- 
ence. Sales; managers committee 
will, presumably take over any fur- 
ther tangents. 





Z(HM22%1N 




Baltimore, Feb; .4. 1 
; Looked for. Improvement evidenced 
here this week with rises indicated 
in network and national spot counts. 
Deals in making pointing to contin- 
ued spurt put of the January dol- 
drums. .';. .' 

'..-' WBAL:. Chrysler. Mptors, through 
j. Stirling Getchell,. 14. .anhpuhce-' 
ments; International Harvester, 
through Aubrey, Mbpre & . Wallace. 
13 spots; Quaker. Gats bought 'Little. 
Orphan .Annie'' for 65 quarter-h6u.rs 
via Ruthrauff , & Ryan; Koester's 
Bakers, through Carroll Jones, re- 
newed 'Streamlined Fairy Tales', for 
30 quarter-hour periods; Rex The- 
atre, via. Louis'. Schecter, 26 spots. 

I Feb. 1 Compared to . Jan, 25 | 



Network ; Local ' National Total 

Units Units Spot. Units. Units 

8,746 4;535 1,558 14,839 

8,455 4,632 1,274 . 14,361 

+ 3.4% . --2.1% —22.3%- +3.3% 

(included r WBAt, ' WCAO. WCBM, 

WFBR) 




SEATTLE IMPROVES 

■ ■ ■• ■■ . . , •- ■ _.. ■■■ ■ .- 1 

Smalf . Gains All Aronnd^-Three 
More for Hughes Newscast ; '. 



v Seattle, Feb. 5. 
■ Web units hit the best pace here,* 
three' new sponsors .for the John B< 
Hughes newscast adding some pep to 
the. net . figure. . The. Hughes stanza 
goes on the air 6:30 to 6:45 weekdays, 
.and 6:3.0 to 7 p.m. Saturday. KOL 
added Mutual's Hebrew. Evangeliza- 
tion program. 



| Feb. 1 Compared te Jan. 25 | 

Network Local :■ National Total 

Units Units Spot Units Units 

• 6,330 : 10,643 . 692 17,665 

6,179 : . 10,502 '; , . 698. 17,379 

+2.4% +1.3% —0.9% . +1.6% 

' (IncludedV.KIRO,. KOL. KRSC) .' : ; 



Chiclet Blurbs On 

Good in Safe Lake 



. Salt Lake City, Feb. 4:' '. 

Business In Salt Lake continues 
very ^pod/ with emphasis 'larVely on 
oroductipn, Dersonnel and . fcu c, >ess 
relations. Earl . J. Glade is off to 
New York to attend the. Code Com- 
mittee meeting of the N. A. B- •'•"d 
!>\"0 a rheetincr of the National /Radio 
Council onV.Children's Pro?ram«. He 
will address the latter group. Frank 
C. Carman, of KUTA,' is oh ^his way 
east in the Interests of acaUirim: 
eauiDment ,for the new transmitter 
which will take care of their in- 
crease in power. Sid Fox and Wal~ 
ter Wafrstaff of KDYL Just returned 
from Denver where thev »t+«nded 
o meeting of the 14th NAB .district. 
Three hew babies at KSL /under 
BiWhs) and a "delayed rec ,, "' , ^v K" 
""teran scripter Gladys Wagstaff 
Pihiiey .lust about complete the pic- 
ti'Pe for this .week; 

KDYL; Beech-Nut P a ck I n g . 
fhrouph. Newell-Emniett Co.:' 110 
rhpir-breaks: Dwight Edwards , Cof- 
fe» Co.. through McCann-Erickson, 
200 announcements; American 
Chicle Co.. throueh Badger. Brown- 
in" &' Hersey, 102 announcements. 

KSL; Boyle Furniture Co., -re- 
newal, evening chainbrenk an- 
nouncements, 52-week contract; 
Colrate-Palmolive-Peet Co. (^aim- 
olive Soap), throueh Ward Whee- 
lock, 50-word chain-break an- 
nouncements; North American Acci- 
dent Insurance Co.. throuph Frank- 
lin Bruck, atiarter-hour weekly 
news program; Kellogg Co., through 
Kenyon & Eckhardt. two one-minuto. 
announcements daily; Vick Chemical 
Co.,, through Morse International, 
four 50-rwprd announcements week- 
ly; .Philadelphia Publishing Co.. 
through Albert • Kercher, -renewal, 
five -minute spot; announcement: 
Western' Air Express. 27 : 100- word 
evening announcements: Radio Stu- 
dios. Inc., renewal, series of 5.0-.wprd 

spots/ " v ■ '■' ' \ 

; KUTA: • Lake. . Theatre, direct. 52" 
spot announcements: Douf?las Mod- 
els, 2$ spots: Paris Co., sponsprshio 
of annual Sigma Chi Derby; Salt 
Lake ' . Tribune Telegram (and 
KUTA) outstanding basketball game 
of high school series, weekly. : 



Feb. 1 Compared to Jan. 25 



Network-' Local : National Total 
Units Units Spot Units Units 

7,711 2,354" : 569 10,634 
7,529 "■■ -. 2.317 ".. .602 10,448 
+ 2.4% . + 1.6% —5.5% +1.8% 
. (Included i Kpyi/,. ' ki;tA) • • 



KXOK Counts Blessings 

• '"'I ; &t. Louis, Feb. 4, 
Since 'KXOK. (St. ; Louis .Star- 
Times) joined the NBC Blue Jan. 1, 
biz, has picked up at this station. To 
date it has contracts; for. 22 spot an- 
nouncements, 15 quarter; hbur shows, 
Ave one-minute . spots three times 
weekly, one half hour show. ' 
And scattered chain breaks. . 



San Francisco, Feb. '41 
KFRC effecteid a unique deal this / 
week whereby Fultdn Lewis', Jr, 
rides both live at 4 p.m. and tran-.: 
scribed at 9: 1 5 'with . the same sppn- . 
sorj Hastings • Clothiers.. Latter has 
bankrolled the. late version Jipr -some 
months; arid how has addeq 120 re- : 
leases of ! the" earlier shot - 'That., plus 
a weekly halfrhour Brain Battle, 
gives the. outfit ; three , solid hours. 
weekly : on KFRC,. '■. Garfinkle agency 
set the deal.; 

Same station has. started spinning 
'Little Orphon , Annie' for Quaker . 
Oats ft ve-a-week at 6:15, giving. theni 
a solid hour and -a quartpi- pf kid 
strip . shows. Ruthrauff & . Ryan 
agehcied. ■ KFRC also has acquired ■ 
Jean Anderson's ^participation" show, - 
'Mylady's . Mirror/, formerly on 
KSAN. Sponsors include Maxferd's 
jewelery outfit . Week' of bumper 
activity at the Don Lee -outfit also, 
jaw, them getting back a five-a-wcek 
line! into the Mark! Hopkins, which 
they lost tb KSFO about- six months 
&go, plus a new weekly, 'Our Neigh-.' 
bbrhood' gossip shot with Catherine 
Kerry/ on .a trade dear with: Clem 
Whittaker who publishes nine local: 
weeklies. ■■ 

. Gary Kreidt of the KFRC sales, de-. . 
partment now issuing figures to show, 
station carries more local arid net- 
work shows for S. F; agencies 
or sponsors than all other ; net-: 
work outlets, combined. 'Uses 
week of Jan; 27 as example to point 
to 14 hours, 15 minutes of such ac- 
counts on KFRC against 10 hours, 35 
minutes on the other three com-' 
bined. ; 

KROW signatured its fourth con- 
secutive contract with General Mills 
•for '41 ..Coast League baseball and . 
will carry all games played by the 
Oakland Oaks.- Dean Maddpx gets 
the mike chore. 

KPO: Cardinet Candy Co., through 
Tomaschke-Elliott, Oakland, quarter- 
hoUr weekly, 52 weeks, 'Night; Editor' 
(renewal); Pauson & Co. (men's 
clothing), through Allied Advertis- 
ing, three quarter-hour : participa- 
tions weekly, 'Musical Clock' 13 
weeks; Manhattan Soap Co; (Sweet- 
heart Soap), through Franklin; 
Bruck, N;- Y.,- 72 spots; H. Morton Co., 
Oakland (jewelry), through Emil 
Reinhardt, 52 spots (renewal) ; John 
Browning Co., Oakland (jam, jelly) , 
through Emil Reinhardt, two an- 
nouncements weekly, 26 weeks;. 
American Pop" COm Co., Sioux City, 
la., through, Buchanan-Thomas, 
Omaha, 18 spots; Swerl Products, 
Oakland . (soap), through Lord, jfe 
Thomas, 13, spots; Sperry Flour, 
through Westco Agency, one spot. 

KGO: Lambert Sales (U. S. Tires), 
through Ycomans it Foole, quar- 
ter-hour . weekly, 26 weeks, 'The 
Almaiiac'; Washington Cooperative 
Egg & Poultry Assn., through Birch- 
ard, Seattle, 26 participations^ Ann . 
Holdcn Forum .. (renewal); Sir 
Francis Drake Hotel, direct; 14 spots 
J and . . seven^ partiCipatipn.s, Arin - 
j Holdcn Forum; -Stpneson . Bros, (con- 
I tractpr's), through .F: -L; Newton, 52 
■ Sunday spots (renewal).; pc-rialari' 
! Co. (dental cleanser), through Rufu» 
Rhoades, 26 spots (renewal).: Iritie'r- 
haiidnat- Harvester Co., through 
Aubrey; Moore ft Wallace, Chicago, 
13 spots. • ■''. : - ."'.• ^ 

KFRC- Hastings Clothiers, through 
Garfihkle, five quarter-hours: Weekly, 
25 weeks : <Fultpn Lewis); Denalan 
Co.,. through Rufus Rhoades, 52 spots; , 
Pacific Brewing 'and ■ Malting Co, 
through- Brewer Weeks, 20 . spots; 
Standard Beverages, . through -Emil . 
Reinhardt; 156 spots; XT./ S. Lines; 
through J. Walter Thbrfipson, 6 spots; 
William Wise, N. Y. (books), through- 
Northwest Radio, Seattle, ';■ six. five- 
minute spots; Sinion ft Schuster 
(books), through Northwest Radio, 
six. flve-miriute: 6pots., . . 



Feb, 1 Compared to Jan. 25 



Network v Local National Total 

Units Units Spot Units Units 

. 10,806 3,541 . 2,037 16;384 

10,826 3,290 1,921 .16,037 

—0.2% +7.6% +6% +2.2% 
(IncluOedi KFRC. KGO. . KJBS. KPO. 
•;. KSFO). ' • 



46 RADIO MARKETS 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 




ations 




in 




Swan Soap Using Names on One-Minute Waxings-* 
: Palmolive Also Primes Spray of Quickies 



One-minute transcriptions which 
Swan Soap is turning/ out for. the 
campaign , "which . debuts- Feb. - 17 
rates as the most expensive, thing of. 
Its type produced to date.: ' ^The ac- 
count is tossing in performers With 
radio and legit reputations,' vocal, 
singles, trips • and quartets and an 
instrumental -unit . headed . by Lyn 
Murray;-; Listeners will./ have the 
words ?S Wan .Soap' dinned into 
their ears from, five to - eight times 
a day. It's .to be the biggest, razzle-: 
dazzle connected with a new product 
since, the same manufacturer did a 
similar job oh Spry, , . 

Palmolive is coming in at about 
the same time 'to; make the: women 
toilet ' soap conscious by the. spot an- 
. nouncemeht route. Likfc. Lever Palm-, 
olive is buying up spot periods in 
wholesale lots wherever the avail- 
able periods are. worth While. 



Mike Outside Legislature 
Fails of Acceptance 

"f Austin, Tex., Feb, 4. • 

A proposal to set up ai radio broadr 
casting unit in the reception'- cham- 
ber just outside the house hall was 
turned . down here recently by 
the House of Representatives. . Reso- 
lution- was tabled after, a small flurry 
of excitement. ' -.' 

Offer was made by. the, Texas 
State Network of 15 minutes free 
time every afternoon daring, which 
individual legislators could voice 
their views oh pending legislation, 
without going to a regular studio. 



MAX BILDERSEE GETS 
STATE RADIO BERTH 

• Albany, N. Y., Feb. 4. " 
Max U. ' Bildersee, for several 
years assistant to the educational di- 
rector • of NBC, has been, appointed 
associate supervisor of- radio educa- 
tion in the Bureau of . Radio and 
Visual Aids, New York Education 
. Department. Bildersee, after major- 
ing for two years in radio education, 
finished first in a civil, service ex- 
amination for the new $4,000 position 
in the State service;- . . .. . . 

. Has been with British Broadcast 
ing Corp. and also NBC ' -New 
York. 



BASED ON ETIQUETTE 

Program Gives Prises For Best 
.Samples of Good Table 



Fort Worth; Feb. 4. 

The Arabian Cosmetics Co., in 
augurated v a new series of weekly 
broadcasts over KGKO titled the 
Arabian' ..Rendezvous, on Sunday, 
Feb. 2, Ivan Wayne leads talent. 

Presents, each week, two prob- 
lems in etiquette, which the listen 
ers are invited to solve, using their 
own personal ideas of good manners 
— good taste. , The two letters which 
are in the opinion of the judges the 
most logical and sincere will* win 
$25 each. .-'■•..'■ 



Aims Law at Loan Ads 



Albany, N. Y., Feb. 4 
Senator Pliny W.- Williamson 
Westchester County Republican, has 
Introduced two bills affecting bor- 
rowing-money broadcasts by indus 
trial banks, etc. , One provides that 
no industrial bank shall advertise, 
print or broadcast any statement 
with regard to rates, terms or condi- 
tions ' for loans, unless interest rate 
or charge is stated in terms of simple 
interest- on amounts due. The sec 
ond prohibits advertising by print 
ing, broadcasting or otherwise in 
connection with the extension of con 
sumer credit,: for the purpose of 'en 
couraging needless borrowing.' Sen 
ator Williamson is chairman of the 
committee oh: banks in -the' Upper 
House. 



CBS Pacific Adds 2 



CBS Pacific network has two start- 
ers. National Lead will take anr 
dther : whirl on the 'Answer Auction' 
starting Feb, 20 for Dutch Boy Paint. 
. On eight stations, via Erwin Wasey; 

Soil-Off Mfg. Co. goes on Thursday 
p.rW and Saturday a.m. with Bob 
Carred giving out the news on seven 
stations. 



Freddie Miller's Baker 

Yankton, s! D., Feb. 4. ; 

Metz Baking Co. has. signed Fred- 
die Miller, recent addition tp the tal- 
ent staff of WNAX, Sioux City- 
Yankton outlet of CBS, for a.flye- 
a-week . series. . Program will: plug 
Old Home bread. :.'■ ';-.'.',.:; '" 

.Station auditioned Miller to the 
client as a possible ..replacement for 
its lour-d'aily weather report. How- 
ever, company retained the spot se- 
ries as well as . taking on Miller. •;. 



Three Up in Texas 



Sari Antonio, Feb. 4. . 

The Federal Communications Com- 
mission during -. the past several 
weeks has been obliging to Texas 
stations, giving power boosts to three 
in various .. parts of the state. 

KTRH of Houston was granted art 
increase in night power from 1,000 
to 5,000 watts full time, operation on 
1,200 kc. 

, KTSM, El Paso, was granted a 
power boost - from 500 watts full 
time to liOOO watts full time opera- 
tion on 1,350 kc. 

". KGKO, Ft. Wbrth, owned by Amon 
G, Carter with affiliation ;'. of the; 
Fort . Worth Star-Telegram and the ;; 
Pallas Morning News was granted a 
night time power -boost from 1,000 
watts, to 5,000 watts full time on 
570 kc. .. •'• '"•-.- 

The West Publishers, Inc;, news- 
paper "publishers " : Austin and iti 
Dallas, have filed application for a 
new regional station oh 610 kilo- 
cycles with ' 1,000 Watts with full 
time operation for Houston, and for 
another outlet for. Austin; '■'■} 



WCCO, Minneapolis, ^Midnight 
Owl Club' broadcast had a couple of 
surprise visitors . the other night 
when . Stan Hubbard and Ray Jen- 
kins, of opposition station KSTP 
dropped in while Lou Holtz, ap- 
pearing at ; the . Minnesota theatre, 
was interviewed by Bill Wiggihtoh 
on the WCCO show. 



SHERWIN-WILLIAMS 
BUYING BASEBALL 



DES MOINES LEVELS 



Loeat Drops 19 Points— Net Be*c«*f 
Fir* of Them 



. Cleveland, Feb. 4. '•: 
Jack Graney, play by play mike- 
man, of Cleveland Indian ball games 
and Commentator ' Pinky Hunter will 
head south with ball club to send 
back dispatches for airing on WHK 
and WCLE. . 

. Five minute ■ .daily-'.-.spoV on . each 
station Was purchased by Sherwin 
Williams Paint Co. Purchase marks 
departure : from company's policy. 
Which to ' date has been restricted 
either v t6 : Ciii>pV;'^nhdiin^rfliinfs''- or 
network shows. 



i Continued from page 31; 



Des Moines; Feb. 4. 
Brackets did a bit of teamwork 
here to save the total figure from 
drastic change;' Local units slid 
from plus five to minus five, but 
web gathered in over half that num- 
ber by pulling up from minus four 
to better than plus one percent. " 

Kellogg Co., through Kenyon & 
Eckhardt, 91 one-minute announce- 
ments, seven a: week; Manhattan 
Soap Co., through Franklin. Bruck, 
45 announcements of 30 words, five 
a week; Lever Bros., through Ruth- 
rauff & Ryan, 260 periods of 15 min- 
utes each, - 'Aunt Jenny's Real Life 
..Stories'; White • Laboratories, Inc. 
(Ghooz), through -Wm/'Ssty,"' 52 100- 
word announcements, four a week; 
Murphy Products: Co., t'hr 0 u g h 
Critchfield. &; Cb„ 52 periods of 30 
minutes each, participation 'Iowa 
Barn Dance Frolic'; Quaker Oats "Co., 
through Ruthrauff & Ryan, 64 pp- 
riods of 15 minutes each, 'Little Or- 
phan Annie'; Standard Oil Co; of In- 
diana; through •'/ McCann-Erickson, 
six announcements a week, till for- 
bid; Smith Mother Nature Brooder, 
through Shaffer-Brennan-Margulis, 
three periods of 15 minutes each, 
'Prairie Melodies'; Sterling Insur- 
ance Co., through Neal Adv.,; 15 min- 
ute programs, three, a week till for- ; 
"bid; : 'Prairie ; Melodies'; Gardner 
Nursery Co., through Northwest Ra- 
dio, six periods of five minutes each, 
'The Old Gardner,' . six a week ; Wm. 
Wise Co., : through . Northwest Radio, 
six periods of five minutes each 
daily . except Sunday; Consolidated 
Drug - Trade Products. 'Co.; through 
Benson & bail, 30 minutes, six a 
week till forbid, . -Carter . Family,' 
'Cowboy Slim';, McCpnnpn & Co., 
through The McCord Co., 15 minutes 
of 'Iowa Barn Dance Frolic,' till 
f orbid ; Dean Studio?, Des: Moines, 
through Lessing Advertising, two pe- 
riods of 15 minutes" each", 'Iowa Barn 
Dance Frolic'; Walker .Remedy Co;, 
through Weston-Barriett, 26 an- 
nouncements of one " miriute each, 
six a week. . -v. 



EI Paso's Fast Change 

El Paso, Texas, Feb. 4. 

Statipn KROD, ' (Dorrance Jt): 
Roderick) has been granted a power 
Increase as well as a new wave- 
length by the. Federal. Communica- 
tions Commission. KROD first took 
to the air in June 1040. '.. v 

Station has been operating.. With 
250 watts on 1 ,500 . kilocycles. It is 
now operating with a power of 1,000 
watts on « frequency of 600 kilocy- 
cles, Station is affiliated with the El 
Paso Times and is the local CBS out- 
let . ' 



tive ways of meeting the situation. 
It may . obtain; 

(1) A code of. fair practice ap- 
proved by the agencies,. (2). a 'rec- 
ommended' . agreement which it 
would subsequently have the agen- 
cies adopt (3) binding contracts with 
the agencies direct. 
' In' the meantime, Guild leaders 
say, the negotiations; have already 
borne fruit in better agency under- 
standing of writing conditions and 
writer psychology. .': 
; Guild has advanced seven principal 
points for a proposed agency agree- 
ment. They are (1) Guild shop, (2) 
a limit on the time an agency may 
hold a . script' for consideration, (3 ) 
right of the author to be present at 
all auditions for parts on his pro- 
grams, (4) payment within a reason- 
able time after a script is bought or 
ordered,; instead of when it is broad- 
cast, (5) in case a series is cancelled, 
payment for , all scripts written in 
advance, (6) author to retain all sub- 
sidiary rights to his material and to 
regain the radio rights when, the 
program goes off the air and (7) if 
replaced, the original author of a 
program to be paid 25% of the. regu- 
lar fee as long as the show remains 
on the air. 

Attitude of the Four A's committee 
on those proposals is unknown, but 
general opinion of agency executives 
appears' to approve most of - them. 
Only likely hitches appear to be over 
points Nos. 1, 3 and the final portion 
of No. 6. Agency opposition to the 
Guild shop is apparently due to mis- 
understanding. Members*of. the Guild 
committee appear to have referred 
to the proposal as a 'closed,, Shop,' 
which would prevent the hiring of 
any non-Guild author.. Guild, shop, 
however, would mean that any nph- 
member writing' for the agencies 
would be. required to join the Guild. 

No High Fences 

• Agency men apparently sus- 
picious on .that point, fearing; the 
.Guild, might ^require prohibitive in- 
itiation fees. or. 'similar, entrance 
hindrances^ However/ the Guild has 
lib ihitiatiori fee- or other restrictive 
entrance regulations and. has offered 
to guarantee none will be imposed 
during the life of any contract sighed 
with th% agencies! Guild's dues are 
$10 a year and assessments are based 
oh earnings, -thus imposing . the 
heaviest load on established writers. 

■ Virtually ' all ' agency men agree 
that some writers are helpful at tal- 
ent . auditions-^in which, case their 
presence and advice invariably 
sought. They claim, however, that 
many writers hays little judgement 
about casting or other, production, 
matters. The agencies therefore op.* 



pose point No. 3 . in the Guild's pro^ 
posals. They say they will refuse • to 
give any such blanket permission. 

In regard to the subsidiary and 
recapture . rights point, there is wide 
divergence of agency opinion. Dif- 
ferent agencies have different poli- 
cies However, most appear to ap- 
prove of the. author retaining all 
literary, dramatic, and film rights to 
his material, providing! the! use, of 
such rights does hot" interfere with 
the radio version. In this connec- 
tion, the Guild points out, the. au- 
thors would be. inclined to have an 
identical attitude with the agency, 
since it would be to the author's in- 
terest not to injure his. own radio 
material, . In regard to the Guild's 
proposal that the author regain the 
radio rights to his material when the 
program goes off the air, agency 
opinion is seemingly solidly opposed.. 
They all apparently feel that the sale 
of any radio material should be final 
and although a few authors are able 
to get one-time broadcast deals, 
agency policy is almost . uniformly 
against such practice. 

When the three pending . agree- 
ments are corichided the Guild has a 
number of lesser matters for atten- 
tion. News writers at NBC are to 
be organized and a contract obtained 
for them. Staff and free-lance pacts 
for transcription writing is also on 
the 'agenda,, as are netwprk contracts 
f6r. free-lance sustaining scripts. 
After that, the organization will turn 
its attention ,tp WOR-Mutual and 
finally the Associated, Press, United 
Press, Transradio and ' International, 
rjews Service Scripting, situatioh;: 
. ' The.'Guild's western regional group 
is currently dickering for contracts 
covering various. Writer classifica- 
tions in. Los Angeles and San, Fran- 
cisco. All authors in St;. Louis, are^ 
now Guild members (in accordance 
with the Guild's : agreement with 
AFRA). Sidney Fleischer^ the Guild's 
attorney, and David Howard, a mem- 
ber of the eastern council are curr 
rently oarry ing . oh negotiations there 
for a contract with KMOX.- They will 
subsequently [seek agreement: with 
other local stations as well. 

Contracts with Chicago will prpb- 
ably be cought when the New York 
situation, is clarified to some extent 
Jn Cincinnati, the writers are cov- 
ered by contracts obtained by AFRA, 
which will turn them over to ' the 
Guild in accordance with the' same 
agreement as applies in St. Louis and 
other cities. Detroit, another net- 
work originating . point, Is on the 
Guild's list to follow Chicago.- Phila- 
dilphia, Boston, Washington, and 
other cities haying few authors ex- 
cept a handful of continuity writers, 
are a remote prospect at the moment. 



Feb. 1 Compared to Jan.; 25 



Network : Local National Total 

Units Units Spot Units Units 

7,899 2,551 2,924 13,374 

7,813 2,685 2,894 13.392 

+ 1.1%. . —5% +1% —0.1% 

(Included: KRNT. KSO. WHO) . 



ADD THREE STUDIOS 



NBC; Chicago, Will Have 13—1,000 
Web Shows Monthly 



Chicago, Feb.. 4. 

After mulling the matter for some 
time and working but tentative plans, 
NBC execs here have issued okays 
for the : building of three more stu- 
dios in the Merchandise Mart and an 
expansion of. office space. . .. 

This move was put through last 
week by central division chief Harry 
Kopf, who states that with the new 
studios NBC Will have 13 studios in 
operation with more, than .1,8.00 pro- 
grams per month, of which more 
than 1,000 are network shows. 



Pellegrin's Award 



Omaha, Feb. 4. 

Frank Pellegrin, general sales 
manager for stations KOIL-KFAB 
and KFOR of Omaha and Lincoln, 
has: been awarded the United 
States Junior Chamber :bf Commerce 
Distinguished Service Award for the 
'outstanding civic service' : during 
1940. Presentation • was made- at a 
special luncheon here. 

With "this award goes official rec- 
ognition: of Pellegrin .as the . 'outi 
standing young, man of Omaha for 
1940.' 



Perry File* for Tyler 

'■ ';:'' Tyler, .Texas, Feb.- 4. 
Application has been filed with the 
Federal Communication's Commis- 
sion for a broadcast . station here to 
operate ort 1370. kilocycles with a 
power, of 250 watts by -Roy G. Terry. 
Terry is owner and operator of sta- 
tion KOCA in Kilgore, Texas; 
, City has one Pther outlet which 
is KGKB, one. of the Rev. James G. 
Ulmer properties which figured in 
the headlines the latter part of last 
year, Ms affiliated with Mutual and 
the Texas State Network. V- 



Bob McRahey; general manager; 
Houston Cox, news and sports editor;. 
Jimmy Arrendale, chief engineer, all 
of WCBI, Columbus, Miss., recently 
completed a goodwill-inspection mb- 
tor trip to various Mississippi radio. 
Stations. 



LOTS OF ACTION 





San Antonio, Feb, 4. 

Units took an upward swing this 
week in all departments. Many, re- 
newals, of old accounts, together with 
new biz, is . keeping local '.radio nien 
happy. Several sporting events' will 
boost local totals. 

Hugh- Halff ■, president ;and general 
manager of Southland Industries, 
Inc., owners and operators of WGAI,. 
is expected to leave the * coming 
week on a trip' to the . East, where 
he will visit agency men as 'well as 
network : headquarters on biz. • 

WOAI: Renewal, Fleischmann- 
Yeast Co., 10 one-minute e.t.'s per 
. week,, through Kenyon it Eckhardt; . 
San Antonio Brewing ' Association, 
through Pitluk; sponsorship of . four 
daily commentaries by Betty Jami- 
son ' on the Texas Open Golf Tout* 
nament; Chattanooga Medicine Co, 
for -Black Draught, through Nelson 
Chesman,' . , five • quarter-hour pro- 
igrams' per week, with ' Tom Dickey 
'and ; hif showboys, /also to KPRC, 
Hpustoh;. Chrysler Corp., through 
Lee Anderson, four iOQ-word an- 
nouncements Weekly; renewal from 
Hawk and Buck . Work Clothes, 
through P. j, Beyette, Jr., qu'arter- 
hour weekly program through the 
Texas (Quality Network; Nehi Corp. 
for Royal Crown Cola, 25 five-min- 
ute e.t.'s • through BBDiO; Wal- 
green: Co., two announcements . oh : 
tthe : Sportsnews;: renewal frbm In-, 
ternational : •Harvester Co., through 
Aubrey, Moore & Wallace, 13 spot 
announcements; Ralston Piiririai 
through Gardner Adv. Co., 200 an- 
nouncements from Jan. 30 to May 
15; Kellogg Co., through Kenyon .& 
Eckhart, 10 announcements per 
week for 10 weeks. 

KABC: Oriental Rug Co., five an-, 
houncements per week; Crystal City 
Ramblers; three quarter-hours per 
week through the Texas State Net- . 
work;. Golden Gioves . Tournament 
sponsored by San Antonio Seven-Up 
Go;; Borderlon's Market, 10 an T 
ouncements per week; Geo. Jones, 
Inc., one. quarter-hour weekly news- 
roundup, per week on Texas State 
Network; renewal of Texaco Star 
Reporter, - Mon. through Fri., quar- 
ter-hour on . Texas State Network; 
Rev. Leonard Coote, two announce- 
ments per day; Loud Speaker and 
Radio Co., and Home Supply House, 
two announcements per day on the 
Slogaphone program; First Federal 
Sayings and Loan . Association, 
through Coulter-Mueller-Grinstead, 
five five-minute e.t.'s per week; 
Alamo Beauty College, one an- 
nouncement per day; E. Johnson 
Shirt Co., total of 30 announcements; 
Rose Floral Shoppe and ; Leslie's 
Chicken Shop,., five-minute alternate 
day sponsorship' of newscast period; 
Poe Motor Co., total of 30 spot an- 
nouncements; renewal of half hour 
Texas Hall of Fame sponsored by 
Texas Electric Service each. Sunday 
through Texas State Network; Jor- 
dbn-Ivers Ford Co., renewal of six 
weekly five-minute remote broad- 
casts. ■ ■ '■■ 



j . Feb. 1 Compared to Jan. 25 



Network Local National Total 

Units Units Spot Units Units 

6,016 7,987 • 1,341 15,344 

5,9'33 . 7,687 1,257 14,877 

+ 1.4%: +3.9% +6.7% +3.1% 

(Included: KABC, KMaO. KONO,. KTSA; 
WOAI) ; 



WBIR, Knoxvilk, Starts 



Knbxville; Feb. 4. • 
Radio Station WBIR officially hit 
the airways recently as newest of 
Knoxville's stations. It completes 
Mutual's string - of i stations ," across 
Tennessee.' Station will ; exchange 
programs with Chattanooga's WPEF, 
also Mutual affiliate. 

Owner and operator of WBIR is 
J. W. Birdwell, radio engineer who 
has established' five : stations. RCA 
equipment - was used throughout, 
with a 250 K- . transmitter, 76 B-2 
Consblette, and 70 C turntables with 
lateral and vertical pickups. . A 
Wlncharg^er 185-foot vertical radia-. 
tor! is used. It .will bperate oh 1210 
Kilocycles with a day and night 
power of 250 waits. : United Press 
Radio Service is contracted for. • 

Personnel, includes B. George Bar- 
ber, program director; John P. Hart, 
commercial manager; Miss Jean 
Doremus, 'director of public rela- 
tions; Joe Wheeler and H, Arnold 
Smith, announcing and production 
staff. 



Wednesday* February 5, 1941 





MUSIC 



47 



DRY UP 




Members' 
meeting in 



•. Minneapolis; Feb. 4., 

of Northwest Allied, 
convention here . re- 
centiy. ere Informed .by Si P. Hair 
pern, local attorney; that all exist-: 
frig theatre contracts with ASCAP 
are 'illegal and unenforceable'' in 
consequence of a court pf law ruling 
In the ASCAP suit in the' State of 
Washington. 

In the Washington trial the court 
decided- that ASCAP is a monopoly 
and threw its suit: out. , • 

Although Halpern offered, to de- 
fend members, the organization de- 
cided to refer the proposition to a 
special committee V before advising 
members to refuse to pay ASCAP 
charges. Haiperri , predicted that 
ASCAP will be . 'only too glad to 
take a small portion of : the fees 
which they now are charging ex- 
hibitors.' ••. • 

Several members made the point 
that If ASCAP ' is 'knocked out' it. 
may cost, exhibitors more, for the 
.reason they'd have to deal with in- 
dividual composers whose, charges 
'would be even more Out of line.' 



Assn. for Amendment Of 
Federal Copyright Law 
Opens in Syracuse, N.Y. 



: . Syracuse, Feb. .4; 
. Injecting a new element into 
ASCAP's present trials, a National 
Association for the Amendment of 
the National Copyright Law has 
filed incorpbraiibn papers. In Albany 
and is now centering a .drive for 
membership In this vicinity. At the. 
headquarters of the new association, 
James Novack, listed as president, 
said, that despite the announced pur- 
pose, the association is 'sympathetic', 
to the. objective of ASCAP. 'We. are 
anxious to see if a compromise .can- 
not be reached,' he said 'between 
the restaurant, hotel and night club 
owners, and ASCAP, whereby a re- 
duction of price will be agreed upon, : 
and more of such establishments will 
be enabled to use ; ASCAP music; arid 
musicians.' • '•.'' V" ... 

: The group is ; also attempting to 
enroll local radio stations. Other of- 
ficers are Mrs. Kathryn Therre, vice- 
president; Charles A. Camuso, sec- 
retary; Amiel AntonaccI, treasurer, 
and Fred Ventrome. : v > .;>'■■ 



Another Road Accident 
to an Orchestra Hits 
Anson Weeks, in Iowa 



Anson Weeks,' bandleader now. 
playing mostly in the midwest, was 
painfully injured early Saturday (1) 
morning In a bus crash near Mor- 
engo, Iowa. Weeks and his band 
were on their way back iq Chicago 
by bus from a one-nlghter In Des 
Moines when the bus smacked into 
the wreckage of two . trucks which 
.had crashed head on. a moment be- 
fore. He! was thrown clear of the 
bus and sustained a fracture and 
compound fracture of one arm, con- 
cussion and cuts of the head. His 
arm was broken when the wheel of 
the bus ran over It. • He was the 
only one of his group -injured to 
•lich an extent. 

Weeks crew has been playing 
three days a week, Saturday', Sun- 
day . and Wednesday at the" Melody 
Mill Ballroom, Chicago, the rest of 
the week hitting the. one-night trail. 
Leader Is In Morango hospital and 
will be for at least a week. Band 
continued on. to Chicago and played 
as usual; 



FEELINGS HURT 



ASCAP Camp Frowns Upon Gene 
Austin and Harry. Rlchman 



TERMS CIJCATS' SUIT 
SANS PROVOCATION 




Month-End Returns From 
Jobbers Provide NoV Joy 
in ASCAP Houses— tatter 
Batten Down for the Storm 



STAFF WORRIES 



The Houghton Mifflin Co. and 
Isabel Scott Rorick filed an answer 
Monday (3) in the N.' Y.. federal 
court to a suit by: Xavier- and Car- 
men. Cugat against them, In which 
$150,000 damages are sought for al- 
leged libel. Plaintiffs claim Miss 
Rorick's book ?Mrv and Mrs. Cugat* 
was meant to represent them.' I 

The publisher, and the author In- 
sist In their answer that the central 
character Is a vice-president In /a 
mldwestern town, and hot in any 
way connected with the plaintiffs 
and assert that . on October 29, 1940, 
the Cugats, In reviewing the book 
for the Detroit Free Press, praised 
it, . which stops any action against 
the defendants how. 



Columbia Disc Pie-Trial 
Exam of Victor Execs 

Columbia Recording Corp,, and 
Columbia Phonograph Co. filed no- 
tice in the N. Y. federal court Thurs- 
day,- Jan. (30) that they Intend: to 
take the depositions before trial of 
nine officials of the. RCA Manufac- 
turing Corp. on Feb.. 10 in connec- 
tion with RCA's stilt against them. 
The officials are Frank B. Walker, 
vice-president; W. W. Early, man- 
ager of Record sales; Robert Wether- 
ald/ managing agent; Jane Briggs, 
managing agent of the label depart 
ment; Howard Darnell, manager of 
the copyright division;- Charles 
O'Connell, musical director of Rec- 
ords; W. Trembeth Walker/ manager 
of the production department; Ches- 
ter ..Meyers, assistant secretary of 
the record division, and Thomas 
Joyce, vice-president In charge of 
record advertising.. . 

RCA, claiming priority to the 'red 
label' on classical records since 1902, 
asserts Columbia Infringed on the. 
label in 1940; and seeks an Ihjunc 
tion, accounting of profits and dam 
ages. :., . : - 



Miami, Feb. 4 
. Gene Austin and Harry Richman 
Irked the music men locally by 
their public blasts against ASCAP's 
royalty dividend system, although 
• they themselves are, both ASCAP 
songwriter-members. ' Austin's usage 
of 'My Blue Heaven,' a tune not au- 
thored- by him, had lots to do with 

•stablishing him. A final judgment of $9,292 against 

Rlchman, also, It is. felt, has been : Santly Bros:, Inc.', and $783 against 
too close to .the old-line .Tin ' ; Pan -I Bernice Petkere was entered in the 



While the standard music business 
is substantially better than it was a 
year ago, popular music business Is 
expected to. hit all-time lows by.: the. 
middle of this: month. By that time, 
it is expected,: ^e . shipment of icur- 
rent tunes- by ASCAP publishers 
will ; have become ;: negligible . and 
music dealers wil| have to depend 
for saleable product on the output of 
Broadcast Music, Inc;, and its pub^ 
lishing : affiliate, Southern Music. 
Jobbers last week estimated that 
their turnover of current sheet music 
was around ;60%' of what it had been' 
last year arid predicted that; unless 
BMI and Southern could meanwhile 
produce., some big hits, this down- 
trend would sink, to 80% of normal 
by the middle of., this month. 

The jobbers had expected the 
worst from the advent of ASCAP's 
break with the networks Jan. J, 
but the situation was. dramatically 
brought home to them last. Week as 
retailers, taking advantage of the 
month's end return privileges, started 
returning their stock of ASCAP- 
publisher current tunes. In the case 
of one jobber these . returns 
amounted to two truck-loads. It was 
the greatest, business blow the job- 
bing business has received since its. 
inception. -The sight of this moun- 
tain of returned bundles produced an 
air of deep gloom around the job- 
bing house and; the personnel began 
to worry about the security- of their 
Jobs.' ," .. 

Meanwhile the major ASCAP pub- 
lishers show no disposition to let out 
their staffs, there is talk among them 
of asking their employees to take 
sizeable cuts until the fight with the 
networks is settled or until the music 
industry has managed to develop ef 
fective substitute channels of ex- 
ploitation. 

What the. ASCAP publishers are 
worried about most is that if the bot- 
tom does drop put of the current 
music business a large percentage, of 
the dealers might decided to shut 
down their current music counters 
altogether and replace this with an- 
other product, II that should hap- 
pen it would take the industry a long 
time to regain the lost outlet^. 




Pro-BMI 



McCrory's Letter 



, Number of . ASCAP publishers ; 
last week received a letter from 

- the McCrory store chain' stating 
that the controversy:, between 
ASCAP : and the' broadcasters . 

• has 'proved most detrimental to 
the sale of sheet music' arid ask- 
ing that these publishers do 
whatever they can to 'work for 

... a quick settlement.' The letter 
declared that- sales, at the sheet: • 
Counters were ' falling . away 
seriously and asked whether it • 
wouldn't , be better for ASCAP 

, publishers to make a settlement 
on some new basis rather than. 

■ 'fight to the bitter end:' . 
- 'We have,' said the letter,? no 
desire . to weigh the pros and. 
cons of the controversy, but we 
know, that- out -■' interests are bet- 
ing harmed, it is our unbiased ' 
opinion that quick compromise ' 
; would be far more beneficial to 
you than a long drawn-out con- 
troversy.' ''■.'■■ 



Music Men Can't Take 
Complimentary Copies 
Over Canadian Border 



Boston, Feb. 4. 

Canadian customs officers will not 
allow music publishers to bring 
complimentary orchestrations or 
professional copies In their cars Into 
Canada, according to Hal White and 
Ed Marmot, New England reps for 
WitmarkY Harms and Remick re- 
spectively. 

On their recent trip, It was neces- 
sary for them to leave behind their 
car loaded with the material at 
Whirlpool Bridge, Niagara Falls, 
New York, and then promise their 
contacts that the music .would . be 
mailed them later, " ' 



Santly 



ent 



Alley ran-arid-flle to go out on a lirhb 
to any manner chiding ASCAP.. 
Richman, incidentally, is using a de- 
cided BMI medley as part of : his 
specialty at Beh Mardeh's Colonial 
Inn near here, which has been an- 
other vexing point 

Everybody Wrote 

Boston, Feb. .4;- 
^ullaby to Broadway Rose' ij the 
Utle of. an instrumental song Dick 
Rogers orchestra'; (formerly Will 
Osborne) will broadcast from Rose-' 
;iand Ballroom,. New York ' City, 
when they open (6). 
-Song is dedicated to that famous 
Times Square character, and the 
entire band if down on copy as 
■ writers. • : 



N; Y. federal court- yesterday (Tues.) 
in favqr. of W. A;. Wilkie, known as 
Bud 'Wilkiei' Judgment includes costs, 
masters fee, taxes, etc., and the de- 
fendants are given 30 days to pay. 
Miss . Petkere .wrote ' .'Starlight,' 
which: Santly Bros; published some 
years .ago. The latter has since be- 
come. Santly-JoyrSelect. Joe Santly 
Is now professional manager of 
Loeb, Lissauer Music. 

Wilkie. had. sued for $25,000, claim- 
ing the -plagiarism of his song 'Con- 
fessing' in defendant^' song, 'Starlight. 
Help Me Find the One I Love.' 
Federal Judge Samuel Mandelbaum 
and the circuit court of appeals, both 
ruled that plagiarism existed and a 
master determined , the amount of 
profits arid damages sustained by the 
plaintiff. ; / 



Harold Austin Recruits 
Home Guard (No Camp) 
Military Brass Band 

Buffalo, Feb. 4. 
Harold Austin, bandleader; is now 
Sergt. Austin of the 74th Regiment, 
New York State Guard. With six 
men' from his dance unit, well-known 
batorie'er in these parts', has enlisted, 
in home , guard unit and been ap- 
pointed .head of its regimental band. 

Austin hopes to build up-48-man 
musical Unit, for which he has other 
ideas when (and if) war scare .is 
oyer. For this reason he is recruit-? 
Ing Wherever possible, from among 
Union musician's. . Open invite has 
gone put to men in ill bands .here- 
abouts to sign upl • . 

Stressed': that musicians will; have 
to rehearse only one. evening a week, 
for two hours. The regiment, it is 
pointed - : 'out',- is for home guard- duty 
only, and. doesn't even .go to camp. 
Spokesmen say it can't easily be 
transferred to the Army. 
/. About 2,5 mem. have: 5ignjE!d_ up so 
I far, representing six- or seven, bands' 
hereabouts. . Austin, who retains his 
dah.ce crew, top, has /led orchestras 
, here 10 years, managing Crystal 
j Beach (Out.) dance resort in sum- 
: mertirne and/lately ppehing-his own 
I'dahcery here. , 



HOROWITZ MAY GET 
100% OF MAYFAIR 



Anxious to concentrate his ener- 
gies oh building up the Lincoln 
Music catalog, Abner Silver may 
sell out his 50% interest/ in Mayfair. 
Music Corp. to his partner, Willie 
Horowitz. Latter has a 15-day op- 
tion to become 100% owner of May- 
fair, thus leaving Silver, only with 
the Lincoln catalog which be owned 
outright all the time. 

Mayfair still ; owes Joe . Davis 
around $30,000 of the original $75.-. 
000 purchase price when it acquired 
trie Davis, Inc., catalog as a nucleus 
for the Silver-Horowitz firm.: Lat- 
ter must put up around $20.000 , .-to-: 
buy out: his partner's half interest 
between now and Feb. .15. •/ 
\'. As and . when the deal . goes 
through, that' doesn't . affect the . 
Status of . Henry :. M. Spitzer who is. 
general business head, of both, units 
and ..has' a, participating . interest; 
Spitfcer. held a similar post .with the 
Max Dreyfus firms (Chappell- 
Harms). ■'/•".; . .' 

.. Silver's attitude is that this will, 
divest him 'of one headache instead 
Of hiving two Under existing con- 
ditions,' meaning the , ASCAP-radio 
stymie. , .-•'•• '.- 

Mayfair Music right now ; realizes 
some $20,000 annually from the So- 
ciety; Lin/coin's / income; is around 
$10,000 a yearj Latter? firm was ac- 
quired by Silver from Artie Shaw 
and his lawyer, Andrew R, Weln- 
j berger; for $25,000 at the time of 
the original purchase. ;/ 



. By ABEL GREEN •' V- 

Havana, Feb; 4. 
Major reason for. Jack • Robbiris* 
second extended Visit here, within a 
-year, Is to assist In furthering the 
cause of a Cuban Composers and Au* 
thors Society. Since the /American 
music, publisher organized' Robbins 
Music Co. of Cuba, S. A., a separate 
entity, he has quickly revolutionized 
local standards by paying $25 and $50 . 
advances : tb .native songsmjths whp< 
heretofore, sold out their tunes for . 
that amount; sans, royalty; or, more' ". 
often,. coUld only get. onto the wbx - 
by making their original composir ;.- 
tiohs part of 'a recording hookup, 
with/ the local wax plants': The 
masters were made here but pressed 
in the U. S. 

RObbihs emulates that idea by .hayV 
ing Cuban songwriters' works printed 
in New York,.under topflight Amer- 
ican- production standards, and then 
shipped here for local merchandis- 
ing: 

Cuban radio, fearing the growth 
of the local songsmiths and/sensing 
that a society, similar to those in 
almost every other / Latin-American 
country, is Inevitable,' has been 
carrying on a bearish camjpalgn 
against the songsmiths. 1 

That accounts, incidentally, for the 
acute Interest In the ASCAP-BMI . 
fight, since the local "music men 
heretofore looked upon the Society 
as. the bulwark of the songwriters* 
strength. But with BMI having the 
bulk of Latin-American , tunes, via 
Southern Music and E. B. Marks cat- 
alogs — including the highly favored 
'Frenesi,' 'Perfldia,' 'Tropical,', etc.— 
that has given BMI. new values. The 
Cuban broadcasters, of whom there 
are disproportionately many, thus 
are partial to the BMI cause! . 

Some. 35 stations currently in ex- 
istence service 700,000 Havana 
metropolitan population; There ere 
other stations in outlying Cuban 
communities. 

. Commercials are rampant. Fees 
are ridiculously low. Advertisers 
can buy 80 spot commercials for $20 
a week; which gives an Idea. On the 
other hand, the 'stations in the main 
are very weak in range and fre- 
quently can't be heard a few miles 
out of the city. U. S. stations cdme 
through better, away from Havana. 
In town, with 35 different channels 
cluttering the air, it's difficult to 
break through. 

Incidentally, while here, Robbins 
will frame an 'ASCAP Show of the 
Air,' playing all tunes of all So- 
ciety publishers, via wax, to hit the 
Florida and southern. U; S; tier ' 
one of the more powerful stations. 

COURT DROPS $25,000 
SUIT AGAINST MILLER 



, Los Angeles, Feb, 4. 

David Moldavsky's $25,000 plagi- 
arism suit against. Miller Music Co. 
was tossed out of U. S. District 
Court for lack of jurisdiction;. Judge ' 
O'Connor ruled - that the music torn- , 
pany was hot doing business in this 
state. :/'■'.',■■'■ 

Plaintiff charged that the publish-: 
ing company's sOng, .'Would You' 
Mind,' infringed on his own ditty, 
'Till Then.' '.'. 



London Music Corp. has been 
{ chartered in Albany to; conduct a 
l business; /in sheet -muinic,'* etc. Direc-. 
! tors are;: Myron. J. Greenfield, -At- 
I torney A. Walter Socolow and -Be- 
I atrice R. Nelson. •. ; 



St Louis Symph Tours 



:.. St. Louis, Feb. 4. 
' St.. Louis ; symph qrch, under 
the direction-" Qf Vladmir Golsch- 
manh. is currently making the first 
of three tours through the midwest. . 
Current tour includes Peoria and. 
Decatur, 111.'* Iowa City/ and . Bur- 
lington, la., and r ZGoiunibis), Mo. 
TroUpe will return in .time to play 

■ with. Joseph" ; Szlgeti, v Hungarian 

I violinist. (14-15). , 

I Alec Templeton will be . the guest 
artist at the, annual pension fund 

I. concert Saturday. (25). 



4» 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



Band Reviews 



PAUL WHITEMAN OBCH. (18) . 
With Ann Sutherland 
Colonial Inn, Hallandare, Fla. 

This is a new Paul Whiteman,,. It's 

?erhaos his best:dance ; band in years, 
fs as modern as 1941. New blood, 
iresh arrangements, peppery rhythm 
and thoroughly solid in every re- 
spect. : P:ovipi: that'nelther tjme nor 
tide can- dim the. K.ihgOf Jazz> 1 

Excepting for Mike. Pingitpre who; 
Whitemari states, will, always have a 
job with Him. it's all fresh Local 802 
fodder: . .It : s. a zingy setup of four 
-.violins, four- reeds,r four .brass, .Ave. 
rhythm '■: including- a. .crack ;.Cuban 
drummer: when the. band converts 
Into ^n equally fancy ' smaller' unit 
tor the congaihuniba tempo's.. The 
four strings become _ seven through 
doubling by the reed section: There's 
klso a relief, bianist to round put the 
18 '. ■ personnel in addition to Ann 
Sutherland, who chants a nice vocal; 

'As fr .Whiteman's batoning for 
the three-ply, stellar,, lineup that 
Ben Marden . transplanted from: his 
Riviera in Jersey, to this hew Colo- 
nial Inn on' the Federal Highway at 
Hallandale, Fla.. some 20 miles from 
Miami, the maestro is too veteran a 
hand not to do- better than- an - aver- 
age showmanship job. He's a dig-: 
hifled personality on the podium to 
back up Sophie -Tucker; Harry Rich-; 
man and Joe E. Lewis; he himself 
gives the show eclat With the Gersh-. 
. win v'Rha'oso.dy', teeoff; and: he's ever 
nn excellent foil in supporting . the 
- stars and: other talent throughout the 
three: flpbr shows. nightly* in addition 
to his own dance sessions. ■ 
\: Whiteman went , into -temporary 
retirement for several months after 
breaking, ub his old -combo. This 
date marks his. emergence 'frjom -self" 
imposed Coventry and he's a cinch 
for . trie bi<» /leagues all oyer again. 
The Babe Ruth, of .bounce has 
bounced right back with this setup: 
and after the Florida season, when 
he goes to the Hotel Roosevelt, New 
Orleans, etc., the rest Of the coun- 
try will see and hear a 'new* -Paul 
Wiiiteman: the 'hear* part contingent 
on the ASCAP. situation, of course. 

Abel. 



is. split so ; that- Eddie Heintel and 
Clark 'Brown are .on. trumpet, Ralph 
Palmer on trombone. Fritz Gehl is 
stationed -at bass,. Bill : Weber ..on 
drums, and Austin. .O'Donnell at 
piano! . ' . " 

■Dancers find- the .Becker; music: 
easy for them, good enough to get 
response from the young - jumpers, 
yet with a number Of arrangements 
that will present no difficulties for 
the oldsters to. follow. .. ' „. 

';". Becker'^, main forte Would be ballj 
rooms, considering his volume; and 
the straight manner 'of playing with- 
out shbw numbers. :.-'-.:■ Art. 



Mrs. Maiid 
Loses Point vs. 




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RUDY RUDISILL ORCHESTRA (11) 
With Jean Gordon 
Turnpike Casino, Lincoln, Neb. 

Once part of the comedy with Jan 
Garber's band, Rudy Rudisill, hut 
: pianist, is i now fronting his own 
group, libraried with music of the 
same ' style as the Garber arrange- 
ments with which.' he was associated 
so long: Besides Rudisill, other 
Garber. alumni \it the outfit include 
Jean Gordon; brightly attractive and; 
nice voiced girl singer, and Lew 
Palmer on the drums. 

Rudisill's group has one novelty in 
its man-power which probably isn't 
duplicated in another entourage in 
the country— his reed, section. It's 
composed Of four brothers— Sher- 
man, Robert; Richard', and. Albert 

Dix. . .■■ ■:..'":-;-.'. / 

. Trumpet men are Russ Walden and 
Don Ferrell. with Paul Potzick on. 
bass, and Bob JDale at trombone. 
Palmer is the. heater, and Rudisill 
manfully hammers the piano into; 
musical submission. . 

In addition to a large number of 
the pod tunes, Rudisill, in this . day of 
BMI bringing out : a lot of . tunes 
never heard before anyway, has en- 
couraged his' - boys, to write' a few 
originals into the supply. Many of 
them are creditable, efforts and draw 
applause. 

Palmer is the leadoff male voice, 
although there are others who "aren't 
shy at . the* .mike, but it's- to Jean 
Gordon the band looks for toting, of 
the vocal load. She's a brunet with 
sparkle; and a showy physical make- 
up., augmenting her. capable chirping. 

Rudisill's bunch, modelled as it is 
after Garber; has the same appeal; 
and is up to giving any buyer satis- 
factory response in patronage. 

" . • "- ' Art.. ■ ■ 



Maud Lambert Ball's" plea Tor per- 
mission to ' examine , Gene Buck) 
president of the American Society of 
Composers, ' Authors and , Publishers; 
before trial; in order to. allow her to 
frame a complaint against ASCAP, 
w>s denied .yesterday ^^(Tues.) ; by Jus- 
tice Philip . J, McCopk, in N. Y, su- 
preme court.. Plaintiff is the widow 
of ; Ernest. R. Ball who: wrote several 
hundred songs between: 1903-1927, 
the year of His.death. .' v 

The plaintiff had sought td deter- 
mine her rights ; Under, the copyright: 
act, | as to revenues, royalties, and 
renewal . rights; •'. Which -she claimed 
were , due her. Ah : affidavit of Her- 
man Fihkelstein, of counsel for 
ASCAP! declared that Bali ; cut the 
plaintiff out of his will, leaving her 
nothing at all, and that Jessie Mae 
White, Ball's first wife, two sons- and 
a daughter are (receiving '■: one-third; 
each pn ASCAP royalties. . Roland 
Ball, one of . the . sOns ? .Fihkelstein 
argued; questions Whether his father 
ever married Maud Lambert Ball, 
nor is any proof available that he 
ever secured a divorce from his first 
wife. Finlc^Isteih- : also .. questioned 
plaintiff's right to; come In now after 
14 years of Ball's death. . 



(Presented herewith, as a weekly tabulation, is the estimated cover :: 
charge business being done by name bands in various New York hotels. 
Dinner business (7-10 P.M*>' not fated. Figures after name of hotel give 
room capacity and cover charge. Larger 'amount designates weekend and 
holiday price.) : -• v .-. 

' Cover*' . Total 
W«ki Past Corora . 
Plrtj ed IVrolt On l)nte . 

4 ■ ■■ , 525 : . 2,473 

,,. 3 ; 1,275 3,825 

... 3 1,300 '■■ 4,800 

.-.;17 1.325 .22,700 

.; 6 - 1,875 , 11,725 

..; 2 2;575 - 4,725 ': 

. .18 ; 650 . . 7,750. 



■ Baaa Hotel 
Orrjn Tucker. Blltmore (300; $1-$1.50), ; . .. . . 
Leighton Noble. ..Waldorf .(375; $l-$lMX.v. . . . . • 
Lani Mclntire*. .,. Lexington' (300; 75cr$l:50 ).'. . . . 
Guy Lombardo. .". Roosevelt (500; $1t$1.$0 ) • . . . . . 
Woody ..Herman*.. New Yorker ;(400;. 75c-$K50), 
Jimmy Dorsey . ...Pennsylvania (500; 75c r $1.50)., 
Tony Pastor; .Lincoln (225( 75c-$1.50).; 



'DANCER' SONG SUIT 

Columbia Records and Band In In-r 
frlngement Claim 



dn the Upbeat 



Jack; Renard -returned to the dance 
band field': starting tonight (11) with 
Boston men and. will play for. regu- 
lar dancing every -Saturday at Rose- 
land-State Ballroom, Boston, and on 
Tuesdays for Waltz Nights at the 
same spot., together With, one-night-, 
ers in New England, in addition to 
his regular Friday night chore with 
Abe: Lyman's Waltz Time 'program 
on WEAF-NBC red network. 



BILL CARLSEN ORCHESTRA 
With Mickey Dowd . 
Terrace Grill. Hotel Muehlebach 
Kansas City, Mo. , ♦ ■■ 

A newcomer to this supper spot 
Is the Carlsen crew , which makes its 
usual anchorage arbund Chi. For- 
merly Carlsen went in for the Show 
type band aiming 'at' theatre dates 
with singers, special .acts and singing' 
ensembles. Within , the past year, 
however, he has executed an about 
- face and has organized hi$_ band 
along the lines requested by ball- 
rooms, hotels and clubs.. He carries 
ten men besides himself and Mickey 
Dowd, Who is a definite asset as a 
singer. : 

In its K,C. engagement the band 
showed itself a .sprightly and lively 
crew, capable of. playing the many 
varied rhythms requested by pres- 
, ent day; dancers. Thus the crew 
swings from a fox trot to a. conga 
and to a novelty number in the same 
set without, any particularly empha- 
sized' style but rather with an ef- 
fort to concentrate on the mood or 
style of the particular composition.. 
Characterization of the Orch in Words 
would lir-t it as a lively, sweet out- 
fit as indicated by the prominence 
of its reed ''section,' In which the 
leader takes a noteworthy part. 

Work, of- Mickey Dowd handling 
the .sir' T .in'» assignments is .Outstand^ 
ing and gives this band a marked ad- 
vanta?ev Though short on stature 
measurements, Dowd has an attrac- 
tive phiz and sings. Irish lyric tenor 
In th» style of Donald Novis and 
Jack Fglton. His "best work, natur- 
ally, is on the ballads, but he works 
... frequently and gets off the Latin and 
novelty '.tunes nicely ^ as well. 

Reed foursome includes Eddie 
Bahr."Paul Peregrfn. and Harry Iver? 
son, who also clefts some of the ar- 
rangements. Brass has Jack BOnnett, 
Roy Peters. OJie Turner on trumpets 
and Jimmv Birch on' trombone. 
Rhythm section lists Lee Simmons at 

the P'ino, Harold Kussius itldrums Leo Shuk'in composing the music 
■ and . .PHipA-rnew on bass. Carlson ,-f or 'New York Town' at Paramount, 
handles, the clarinet and sax: while " 
on the stand and also makes entries" 
in the arranger's book. \ Qtitn. .. 



,. Eugene Jelesnlk and his 'tele 
vision orchestra opened Monday (3) 
in -the Ionian Room of the Deshler 
Wallick Hotel, Columbus; for in 
definite stay. Replaces Jimmy Rich 
ards. who moves on south, to Tampa 
Terrace in Florida. 



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Lawrence Gellert filed suit yester- 
day (Tues;) ' in N. Y. federal court 
against Columbia Recording Corp., 
John Hammond, Of Columbia, and 
Joshua White, leader of Joshua 
White's Carolinians; seeking an in- 
junction, accounting of profits and 
damages for alleged infringement Of 
his song,; 'I Hear Danger. Singing,' Tjy 
recording it. 

: Plaintiff published a book In Octo- 
ber, 1939; called 'Me and My Cap- 
tain, Negro Songs of Protest,' con- 
taining the song over which the con- 
troversy has arisen. Both the book 
and song were, copyrighted. 



Rudolf Frlinl, Jr., and his. musical 
crew Were signed to play in a 
Souridie for the Mills projector out- 
fit.. 



Russ Morgan follows Glen Gray 
and the- Casa Lonia orchestra into 
the Palladium, Hollywood; . 



Music Notes 



. Sam Coslow turned in three tunes 
for the Roosevelt rMills sOundies. 
TSitties are 'Jive, Little Gypsy, Jive,' 
'What the Country Needs' and 'I Am 
in Love With a Song.' 



Jimmy Dodd sold his Song, 
Thirty-Two-Fifty a Month,' as a 
duet for' Buddy Rogers and Shirley 
Deane. ' 



.. Robin & Rainger are waxing 
three, tunes for the 20th-Fox picture. 
Tall, Dark and Handsome,' to be' 
used -in plugging the '■.-fllni;'' 



HOWARD BECKER OBCH (11) 
: Turnpike Casino, Lincoln,. Neb. . 

Musical trend established by the 
late Hal Kemp has its mark well im- 
printed on Howard Becker's Orches- 
tra, njajority of whose membership 
consists of very young, instrumentpl- 
ly versatile: men. ..Becker,' himself. 
Is only 24, tall,' rangy, and packing 
nice voice to . fill the choruses with 
lyrical touches. . 

Nearly all the band's arranging is 
by Ivan Wabash (Washabaugh), who 
used :tO play in the entourage; but 
has how been studioed with pen and 



Werner Heyman .scoring 'That Un- 
certain Feeling' for Ernst Lubitsch: 



. ' Peter Tinturin and Milton . Drake 
sold their song, 'You in' My Eyes,' to 
Columbia fbr use in 'Betty Co-Ed.' 



• Bernard : Hermann, who • did the 

musical score for 'Citizen Kane,' has 
gone to -Death Valley to complete a 
symphony.: 



- Erich Wolfgang Korngold com 

poising the score for - 'The Sea Wolf' 
at Warners, 



George Stephan, ex-Alvino Rey 
trombonist, has joined Lee Shelley 
orch at Chez Ami, Buffalo. 



George Sedola returning from New 
York to take trombone chair with 
Harold Austin band, Buffalo.: 



Fenton Brothers signed with Junje 
Edwards, of Interstate . Orchestras, 
Inc., Boston. 



Layton Bailey, from Casino, Pitts- 
burgh, to Monaco's Cafe, Cleveland; 
replacing Doh Pablo's crew.' 



Legit a Racket 

SSContlnued from page 3jj= 



on In- the same, calm, . half -serious 
manner. 'Broadway producers stay 
in a legitimate racket, so they don't 
go to jail. "-; They take a backer's 
money, put on a show nobody wants 
to see and at a cost beyond all rea- 
son. When it .flops they don't seem 
to mind; They . just* look around for 
another sucker . and do another flop 
show; :' ' \ \. . .';■•' 

'DO yo.u realize, that .'more than 
$1,000,000 has been thrown away so 
far this season • Broadway? 
Thrown away on plays that never 
had a chance, Shoddy, flimsy, artifi- 
cial trifles that even the producers 
themselves, in many cases, knew, 
could never succeed. Who . does it 
help to put on shows like ; that? 
. 'Maybe the producer makes a quick 
profit, but he damages his ' reputa- 
tion, his integrity and his self-re 
specf. It doesn't, help the authors, 
the actors, nor. the, directors, design 
ers, stagehands or even the theatre 
owners— at least not more than ..tern 
porarily; .: In; the meantime, , it de- 
frauds . investors; who have been 
hoodwinked into putting their 

It's a 



paper; assigned the job of keeping T Richard Ullman, Jay. Gorney and 
• the library up to date. In those Bernard Simon sold five songs to be ; 

places; where sorig Is demanded, and Warbled, in . 'Hang Out the Moon' at 1 money into, such ventures, 
Becker chooses to step aside, Mac. bko. Ditties are 'Home Is Where.! crime that. :n. a country which is con- 
Harris lays, aside his sax and comes , y 0u Ha n g Your Heart,' 'Hiawatha;' centrating its effort and wealth' on 
to the.mike; Good, too. _ - • 'Hang Out the Moon,' 'I Don't Mind national defense so much money 
^«W S H» e r^ aI nfro Detwile? anff If I Do,' and 'The Chicken or the . should be thrown away in a racket 
IChSHelntel ^^^^ ^ ■ .1 ,SerIin. stirred his coffee for- a few 



. Bobby. Byrne -(Ricker Gardens,- Portland, Me., Jan. 29). Band.; turned 
up With a disappointing 400 attendance. It got estimated $280 at 65c-75c; 
Flu understood hurting thai territory. (Metropolitan theatre, Providence, 
R. I., Jan. 30-Feb. 1). Band did a fair 14,000, approximately, in three days 
here skipping around $3,500 through, the b.o. at 25c-68c. Byrne's Raleigh . 
radio broadcast : Was : done' from stage. '.• 

Larry Clinton '(Capitol a;, Johnstown, Pa., Jan. v 30). : ":- Clinton -rounded; 
up : nice crowd of 1,088 at 99c .Oh his way throufih to Feb. 7 opening at ! 
Chicago's Sherman hotel. ' 

. Del Courtney (Turnpike Casino, Lincoln, Neb.; Jan. 31). Good weather, 
and easing : of . universlty:"exams. helped Courtney do okay 600 or so at 75c 
for. $410 take. -v ;' ^V>; ; : ; : 

Fenton Brothera (RKO Boston theatre, Jan.; 30-Feb. 2). In company -with 
five acts vaude Fentons did- satisfactory, but unexciting $6,500 in four 
days at scale ranging from 28c-33c-44.c-55c. 

George Hall (Auditbrium, Macon, Ga-;. Jan; 30). Fine $2,900 gross re-, 
suited from Hall's stop here. He packed in 3,200 at- $1 general, $1.50 and , 
75c, tables and balcony. ! - ' " ■ ■ ■; ' ''''. 

Sammy Kaye (Sunhybrook B;, Pottstdwh, Pa., Feb. 1). Kaye is liked in ',' 
this area and it showed in the 2,487 he drew here at $1.10.' ; 

Vincent Lopes (20th-century Theatre. : Buffalo,. Jan. 30-Feb. 1). Lopez . 
group, accounted for okay 12,000 people in three days, drawing, about 
$4,500 at 40c top. House is a 3,000-seater.. - 

Johnny McGee (Cambridge, Md„ Armory, Jan. 29).. McGee' did nice , 
enough $540 gross at hop for which 180 of 360. admissions sold went for. 
$3 per. ' -.-;.:,■; ■. ' '; ' ' 

Jimmy Lnhceford. (Auditorium, Savannah, Ga., ' Jan. 30). At prices 
ranging from. 65c in advance and 75c and 99c at door Lurtceford took in 
around $1,250 from 2,000 stub buyers. Little less than half were sold in 
advance. . . . 

Red Nprvo (TOtem Pole B., Auburndale, Mass;; Jan.' 31-Feb. 1 ). % Norvo 
clicked solidly with . gross ; Of $2,410 in . two days', getting 1,650 hoppers 
Friday and 2,320 Saturday. Tap, $1.35 a couple. 

Boyd Raeburn (U. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Jan. $1). Interpo Ball, 
gave Raeburn nice gross of $963 with about 385 ' couples at $2.50 a pair. 
Some were on free list. 

Dick Rogers, Bea Wain, Mable Todd. (Lyric theatre, Bridgeport, Conn., 
Feb. 2 ) . Tr io did about average 4,985 . people at 44c and 55c, running gross 
up to around $2,253. 



moments while the babble of diners 
flowed back and forth in Sardi's 
restaurant.. Then, he said, 'The only 
way the situation can be corrected 
is. for the. creative people to. get to- 
gether, to cooperate for decent con- 
ditions. We'll haye tb do away, with 
the businessmen, the promoters who 
exploit: the theatre for their own 
selfish interests, . I don't know how it 
should be done. Maybe as a national, 
theatre. Maybe fn some other form. 
But : it will hf.ve to be done ulti- 
mately, if honest investors are. to 
have a fair chance for their money.'. 

Serlin isn't envious of any other 
producers ' who have hits. 'The more 
hits there are the better for every- 
one,' he says. 4 I don't ' think . a new 
cOmedy hit would hurt business at 
Life With Father.' If anything, it 
would help. I'd like to see 70 or 
more theatres running in New York, 
as there Were years ago.' He doiihts 
If he would go to many of them, but 
he would like to see ihem open; 
,' 'In Theatre for Fun' ; 
'There are lots of plays I have no 
desire to see,' he explains. 'And there 
are lots of others I see. and . enjoy, biit 
wouldn't want to produce! I have no 
interest in doing a play merely for 
the possible .profit. I'm in the theatre 
for fun, Hot just for : money. ; So • I 
want to do only Certain kinds of 
plays, ones with a particular quality; 
Therefore it will be harder for me 
than for most producers to find suit- 
able plays. I doubt if im be able to 
get the plays I- want in the normal 
way. Probably I'll have to find the 
proper material and have someone 
adapt it for me, as. I did with 'Life 
With Father;' Right now I have the 
Nijinsky play, whibh rm: waiting for 
Clifford Odets to do, and 'Dutch 
Vet,' which is not ready, either. 

'But I'm: in no hurry. *Life With 
Father* is a full-time occupation. It's 
still holding up here In New York, 
and' seems good for many more 
months in Chicago. The Boston com- 
pany will apparently last another 
three Or four weeks there, after 
which we'll take it to Philadelphia. 
But this thing is only starting; With 
the exception Of two Weeks at differ- 
ent times in Baltimore, the show has 
played, only three cities. It not only 



has any number of. return engage- 
ments in Baltimore and Boston, but it 
has the entire rest of the eountry to 
play. I have nO idea how long it will, 
run in New York and Chicago. That's 
anybody's guess.' 

Brushes Off Pic Sale 

People keep . asking . Serlin about 
selling the picture rights to the play. 
'I have no interest in selling now,' he 
remarks. 'One film executive couldn't 
seem to understand it when I refused 
even to discuss an offer. He kept 
wanting to know why. I merely said, 
'Why should I?' 

'There are other by-products, of the 
play, though. For instance, we 
haven't sold any radio rights, but we* 
worked up the idea Of a 'Famous 
American Fathers' program. . We 
couldn't 'produce it ourselves, so we 
turned it over to a regular radio pro- 
ducing office, and Howard Lindsay 
has been starring in the series. And 
maybe.;. I shouldn't talk .about this, 
because it's still supposed to be a 
secret, but I hear there's a. deal on 
for some big company to. sponsor it; 
on a national network.' 

Shuberts Unhappy? .; 

: Serlin isn't worried about his feud 
with the Shuberts over his booking 
of 'Father' in independent houses in 
NeW York and' brt the road. . 'It's 
worked out very well at the Empire 
here/ he says: quietly, .'and we've 
made money on theatre operation as 
well as : on the show at the Black- 
stone in [ Chicago and the : Repertory 
in Boston:; We ? have the Walnut, 
which I ; regard as the best house in 
Philadelphia, and I ahi confident that 
we'll be able to get house's in other 
tpWns. If not v . we'll see whether the 
local managements Want to stick, 
along With the. Shuberts arid theret>y 
lose a Sure smash hit. . or whether, 
they'll put pressure on the UBO to 
jive us fair, terms at their houses.' . 

The- producer paused a moment 
and smiled slightly at that point be- 
fore Observing:' 'By the way, the Shu- 
berts haven't had a Very good season 
with their theatre Operation so far 
during 1940-41. Except for musicals; 
they've had' hardly any " profitable 
shows in their New York houses. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



49 



Inside Stuff-Music 



Bobbins Music of Cuba is some $25,000 in the box on its campaign to 
unearth Latin tunes, but figures that if he gets enough of a catalog it can 
recoup via mechanicals. . One of the first tunes to show up is 'Mio Cinco 
flijos' ('My Five Sons') but it wasn't written by a musician, but by ah 
amateur, one Os waldo Farres, p.a. of Cervceria Polar (Havana beer outfit) 
who' got the tune^s^rted:lii^elf.jn^:M':amateur way until Sylvia Suarei; 
. Cuban manager for Jack Bobbins ran into iU Song is now asserting Itself 
internationally.. /•. • ;.-'-... ;•• ".'/v- /. 

. Alberto; Pomihguez, Mexican, , musician-composer^ is unusual for": his 
two-ply click with 'Perfldia' and his immediate; followup with 'Frenesi' 
both Southern Music. 1 Ralph Peer's , Southern also .has AugustittVLara, 
• Mex sohgsmith; signatured a 99-y0ar;pact. • '. 

When., one member, of the Fenton. Brothers sax trio (Boston) played the 
wrong part of a .sbhg, causing a Weird harmony, the boys; were sO- intrigued 
-with the effect of :'the. passage, they wrote a tune around- it titled 'Fugue 
and Far Between.' 

•' Metro-Bobbins' three firms, Feist, Miller and Bobbins Music, simulates 
the motion picture industry's slogan' by utilizing, 'ASCAP songs are your 
best musical entertainment' institutional catchphrase on all press 

and' exploitation matter. . * '.;..'■■' 



10 





on 




- <KecOrdr below are grabbing, most nickels ithis iveeH in. .jukeboxes 
throughout, the country, . as . reported by operators to .Vabiett. ■ : Names 
of. more than one band or vocalist after the title Indicates, in order of 
popularity/ whose recordings are being played. . Figures and names in 
parenthesis, indicate the number of weeks each song has been in the 
listings and respective publishers. P. p. means Public Doircam:) . 



1. Fre'nesl (5) (Southern). 



. 1 I Hear a. Rhapsody (4) .(BMI) . ; . 



S. LastiTime I Saw Paris (3) (Chappell). 



4. YeSi . Darling' Daughter (4) (Feist) . 



6. Nightingale Sang (7) . (S-B). 



6. Santa Fe Trail (3) (Harms). 



T. I Give My Word (8) (BMI). , 



8, Stardust (3) (Mills)... 



Artie Shaw .... . 
Woody Herman .' 
Benny Goodman. 

Jimmy Dorsey . . 
Charlie Biarnet . . 
Al Donahue . ... . 
Dinah Shore. .Vy. 



J... Victor 
.'.Decca 
.Columbia 

. . . .Decca 
. .Bluebird 
.. . . .Okeh 
. Bluebird 



0. So YOu're .the One (3) (BMD.. . . . . . 



10. You Walk By (1) (BMI) . 



(Kate Smith. ... .'. . .Columbia 
( Leo Reisman. . ... ... .Victor 

Dinah Shore.; . ... .Bluebird 
Glenn Miller. .\. . . .Bluebird 
Johnny Long. ..... .... .Decca 

Glenn Miller. . . . . . Bluebird 

Sammy Kaye. . , ... . , . Victor 

Kate Smith..... ..Columbia 

Jack Leonard ........ .Okeh 

Birig Crosby . ..... ^. . .Decca 

Sammy Kaye. . . . .. .. .Victor 

Guy Lombardo ........ Decca 

Dick Jurgens Okeh 
Kate Smith, i . . . . .Columbia 

Blng Crosby. . . . .... . .Decca 

Al Kavelin . .... . . s . .... Okeh 

Eddy Duchin. .. . ..Columbia 

Jack Leonard . . . . . ; . . Okeh 

( Tommy Dorsey. . . . . ...Victor 

\ Artie Shaw. .......... Victor 

Hal Kemp, '. .... .., .Victor 

Eddy Duchin . .. ..Columbia 

Dolly Dawn . . '. ......... Okeh 

Dick Robertson. ;• Decca 



(Tommy Tucker: 
Eddy Duchin;.. 
Wayne King 



*.* • ■ • « 



...V.Okeh, 
Columbia 
Victor 



DISKS GAINING FAVOR 

(These recordings are directly below the first 10 in popularity, but 
growing in demand on the 'coin machines.) 

{Tommy Dorsey: 
Ella Fitzgerald. 

( Glenn Miller 



One I . Love (Forster); . 



• • • • « • • • ^ . 



. .Victor 
:. .Decca 



Five O'Clock Whistle (Advance) 

You're In the Army Nbw;(P.D.). 
Salud Dinero Y Amor (Marks) ... 
Anvil Chorus (BMI).....;;./.,.. 



Memory . of a Rose (S-B). .. 
Hello Ma I Done It Again (Robbios) 



( Ella Fitzgerald. . 

Abe Lyman. 
Vaughn Monroe. 
Glenn Miller.... 

Sammy Kaye. ... 
Glenn Miller. .. .. 
Jimmy Dorsey . . . 

Bea Wain 



. .Bluebird 
. . ..Decca 

.Bluebird 
..Bluebird 
.Bluebird 

....Victor 
; Bluebird 
.Decca 

Victor 



: f eagardening on Decca 

jack Teagaf den's - orchestra has 
been signed to a year's contract with 
Decca: Records. It began work on 
the agreement immediately, cutting 
four widely contrasting , tune styles 
last Thursday (30). Tunes were 
■Dark Eyes,' 'Prelude in C Sharp 
Minor,' 'Lonely Blues' and a Teagar- 
de n original, 'Chicks Are Wonder-. 

iui.'.; ;.; ; ; ': '. / 'V 

Teagarden was last with Eli Ober- 
rteih's U. S. Record outfit, but hasn't 
cut any sides for months. Before 
that he had. been with Columbia. .'■ 



F!i« Vtin Ballad 

• ' : Boston, Feb. 4. / 

Steel yourself for the latest nov- 
elty, a pig Latin sOng titled 'I-way, 
Ove-lay Ou-yay,' .. written by ' Lou 
Morse and Lou Cole, just published 
by Back Bay Music Co., here. 

.Johnny Harris combo into Glen 
Winter Casino, Williams ville, N. : Y; 



Machado Carries Slides 

Boston, Feb. 4. 

Today's, music publishers contact, 
men 'are, returning to long-pluggers 
here as of yore. \ ; - 

In making the rounds, Frank Ma- 
chado, Shapfro-BexnstemVN^ 
land) rep, - hands the orchestra vocal 
orchestrations in his key plus slides 
when possible and proceeds to vocal- 
ize tunes his firm is currently plug- 
ging, as 'Nightingale Sang' in Berk- 
eley Square,' . 'Memory of a Rose', 
and 'Johnny Peddler.' 

Machado is. president of the Bos? 
ton group of , Music Publishers': Con- 
tact Employees Unioh^ 



Don Ray and Hughie : Prince 
cieffed four songs for the Andrews 
Sisters in 'Buck Privates', at Univer- 
sal, Ditties; are .'Boogie ; WoOgie 
Bugle Boy,' "Bounce Me . Around 
With a Solid Four,' 'You're a Lucky 
Fellow, - Mr. Smith? and 'When Pri-. 
ivate Brown Becomes a Captain'. 



^NotlliglLda^x 
Sez Schroeder 



Omaha, Feb. 1. 

Editor, Vabihty: 
• On page 43, of, your Jan. 29 issue 
you have an item headed 'C. J, Fox 
is Building . Big Twin City Hoofery.* 
Although, we are in. the. band busi- 
ness we also publish a House Organ 
known as, 'Ballroom News' which en- 
joys .national coverage.. 

. . I cannot appreciate having - a fine 
ballroom called a 'Dance" Hall' much 
less a. 'Hoofery.'.. 

. >; We are . in contact with the : prin-; 
cipal Operators in the ballroom busi- 
ness and on many occasions we Have 
recommended, your . paper very 
highly to ballroom operators and 
how is; our face red. \ 
. . Furthermore, for your information 
C. J. Fox operates the Surf Ballroom 
•in Clear Lake, IOwa, and -the Terp 
Ballroom in Austin, Minn., and. does 
hot have any spots in either North 
or Spilth Dakota as your item might 
indicate.' . . 

.. On top of that The Surf and the 
Terp are strictly first-class in every 
respect and manner, and the Prom 
in St. Paul undoubtedly will be a 
credit to any bity regardless of size. 

We feel that you owe Mr. Fox an 
apology and perhaps best to do so 
thrOugh yOur paper to correct a 
most unjust and , . false . impression 
that the itehi in' question indicates. 

. . Vic Schroeder. '.. . , ; 
(Vic Schroeder Agency.) 




Bobby Byrne, Feb. .8, Elms, 
Youngstown, Ohio; 9, Myers, Lake 
Park, Canton^ O.; 10; Metropolitan 
theatre, Mqrgantown, W. Va.; 11, Po- 
lice Dance, Uniohtown, Pa.; 12, Em- 
pire Ballroom, Allentown, . Pa. 

Bill Bardo, Feb. 11-13, Empire the- 
atre, Fall River, Mass. 

Reggie Childs, Feb. 8, Wentworth 
Military Academy, Lexington, Mo.; 
14, Scioto Country Club, Columbus, 
Ohio; 15, Lakeside Park, Dayton, 
Ohio. 

Eddie de Lange, Feb. 14, Mosque 
Ballroom, Newark, N. J.; 15, : Elmira 
Cesllege, Elmira, N. Y. 

Johnny McGee, Feb. 13, Zembo 
Mosque Ballroom, Harrisburg, Pa.; 
14, Massachusetts State C, Amherst, 
Mass. . 

Joe Vehuti, Feb. ' 8, University of 
Ihdiana; Bloomington, Ind. 

Count Basie, March . 2, Rainbow 
Garden, Fremont, Ohio; 5, Orpheiim 
theatre, Madison, Wis.; 7, University 
Coliseum, Omaha, Neb.; 12, Meadow 
Acres, B., Topeka, Kans.; 25, Green- 
ville B., Greenville, Miss. • ( ' 

Henry Busse, Feb. 28, Chase hotel, 
St. Louis. 

Del Courtney, Feb. 16, Rainbow 
Garden, Fremont, Ohio. 

1 Sam Donahue, Feb. 6-8, Cornell U., 
Ithaca, N. Y. 

Earl Hines, March .7, Sunset Aud., 
West Palm Beach,. Fla.; 10, Two Spot 
Club, ; Jacksonville; 12, Apollo B„ 
Tampa; 16, Harlem Square Club, 
Miami; 17, Windsor Club, Fort Laur 
derdale, Fla.; 20; : Pickwick Club, 
Birmingham, . Ala. 

Leonard Keller, Feb. 15, Indiana 
Club, South Bend, Ind. 

. Ted Lewis, Feb. 10, Shrine Mosque, 
Springfield, Mo. 

;Enoch Light, Feb. 14-^15, Ft. Myers, 
Fla. :. 

Vincent Lopez f -Feb. 12, Basle 7 the- 
atre,, Washington, Pa.; 22, Roller- 
drome,. Middletown, N. Y,. 

Boyd Baeburn, March 1, Athletic 
Club, Milwaukee,; Wis.; 11-15, Coli- 
seum, Tulsa, Okla. 

Pinky Tomlin, Feb. 13, Muehle- 
bach .hotel, Kansas City, two weeks; 
April 12, Club Trocadero, Evansville, 
Ind;, two weeks. 

Fenton : Bros.i Feb. 5, Chateau, 
Bangor, Me.; 6, Ricker Gardens, 
Portland; Me.; 7j Rockingham Coun- 
try. Club, Newmarket, N. H.; ;8, 
Oceariview Hallroom, Revere Beach, 
Mass.; 9, Hof brail, Lawrence,. Mass. 

Al Donahue, Feb. 7-8, Totem Pole 
Ballroom, Auburndale, Mass. / 

:..;6zzie Nelson, Feb. 7, Raymor B., 
Boston, . •• '; : o;- .■ ■ 

V-'Cbque.tte.Si;-.;-. : 'Feb.'- 7, Shawsheen 
Crystal B,, Anddver, Mass;' ;' 

Tpmmy Dorsey, March 4, Lowell 
Auditorium,- Lowell, Mass.; March 5.; 
Totem Pole Ballroom, Auburndale, 
Mass. . ' : ' ';' - ; . ' "■ i. 

: . Gray Gordon, Feb. 14-15, Rkymor .j 
Ballroom, Boston, : J 



. > t'-i. i 

r-*».: 




Bobby Bryne Sues Glenn . Miller on Contract Jump 

of Dorothy Claire 



British Best Sellers 



' . {Week. Ending, jah. ;4.) . 
. ^11 Over Mac'*....,.-. ....... ..Gay. 

All Things You Are . . . .Chappell 

Bless 'E-n All. . . .Prowse 

Sierra^ Sue..X\.i'.:;-;, . . . ...F-D-H 

Ferry Boat.;;;. ...'..•'.-,'. .': .''.''..'. Sun-.. • 

Bellringer . . . . . .Cavendish. 

Another Day. ; . . Southern 
Blueberry Hill . . . ... . . ; Victoria 

Nobody's Baby. . . ; . . . . .F-D-H 

Fall in Love.. ... ■World Wide ■ 



Objects to 20lh's Tiii 
Pan' Film Treatment 



/. New York, Jan. 29. ' 
Editor,: Vahietv: 

We used the musical number 'Hon- : 
eysuckle : Rose' in ■ our picture, Tin 
Pan Alley;' .: We obtained permission 
from the ; composers for :. the use of 
the number in the . manner it was 
used in the. picture and also paid ia 
sizable fee to. the publisher for the 
recording of the music in the pic- 
ture.. The composers of 'Honey- 
suckle Rose' are' Andy Razaf and 
Thomas 'Fats' Waller.. Both com- 
posers are colored. \ 

I' am enclosing a very interesting 
letter we received from Mr. Razaf, 
who objects to the portrayal of him- 
self in the picture as a white man. 
He doesn't seem to think it is : in 
good taste. He asks the very inter- 
esting question: 
. . 'How do you think Irving Ber- 
lin, Cole .Porter or any other 
. white writer would feel to see. a 
. colored man pictured as com- 
posing one of their songs in a 
. prison cell?' 

I must confess I do not know the 
answer. Perhaps Mr. Berlin or Mr. 
Porter would tell you the answer. 

You will note that. Mr. Razaf 's let- 
ter is only a complaint and no action 
is threatened. A very interesting 
question of law, . however, is raised 
whether north of the Mason and 
Dixon line a negro is libeled by be- 
ing repressifted as a white man. 

So that you may have all the facts 
before you I am enclosing a copy 
of the authorization received -from 
Andy Razaf. 

Edwin P. Kilroe, 
Y Counsel, 20th Century-Fox Film. 



Bazaf 'i Letter 
•' New York, Jan. 10. 
To the Attorney of 
20th Century-Fox Films 
New. York, N. Y. 

. I have just seen Tin Pan Aliey,' 
in which 'Honeysuckle Rose' was 
used, and as. co- writer of this song 
I was indeed shocked at the way 
it was spotted in the picture. The 
script writer handled every other 
song with extreme care and tact, 
but suddenly threw caution and 
good taste to the winds When he got 
to 'Honeysuckle Rose.' 

How do you think Irving Berlin,. 
Cole Porter, or any other white 
writer would feel to see a colored 
man pictured as composing one of 
their songs in a prison cell? Fur- 
thermore, to display a copy Of 'Hon- 
eysuckle Rose* with the names of 
fictitious writers oh the 'title page 
was adding, insult to injury. 

It is quite true that Waller and I 
received' what I could call an ap- 
peasement check, bu t in spite Of . th is 
gesture we would have been hap- 
pier to have seen 'Honeysuckle Rose' 
in a dignified setting and to have re- 
ceived the proper, credits as did the: 
othen writers in this :fllm. . ; 

You will better understand my 
feelings when you read the enclosed 
clippings. Considering that ' a 
Writer's prestige is like a trade-ihark 
wh ich must ... be built ' up carefiilly. 
and jealously guarded you will real T 
ize the extent of injury Tin Pan 
Alley' has done us. . 

Your truly, ■'■/ 

Andy Razaf. 



.- Everett Hoagland's outfit, . with 
Walter Kane as new novelty, vocal- 
ist, bsqk at Cleveland Hotel's Bronze. 
Room, supplanting Paul Pendarvis. 



. Bobby Byrne's $25,000. $uit against 
Glenn Miller, over vocalist Dorothy 
Claire was . begun last week when 
Miller and various parties concerned 
in the case were served with papers. 
Along with Miller copies of the com- 
plaint were delivered tO Miss Claire; 
her mother,, Liggett. & Myers, spori*: : 
sor of. Miller's. Chesterfield broad-v 
casts and, Cy : -Shribman, iVIiller's fi- 
nancial . backer. . Miss Claire's 
mother was served because, she, act- ' 
ing for the singer, who is a minor, 
signed a three-year, contract . with 
Byrne, Shribmah was made a party 
to the siiit because> he is supposed 
to have gone to New Orleans and 
talked Miss Claire into joining Mil- : 

•ler..' ••• - - v : - 

Suit is one of the first of its kind 
based on;the raiding of bands. Prac- " 
tice of reaching- into another band 
for a performer needed to bolster a 
weak spot in an. outfit is indulged in 
by almost , every, leader, some doing 
it in a nice way by . buying, a con- 
tract and other open means and 
others ruthlessly offering more .sal- 
ary as ah inducement, to make a. 
switch. . Angle on this particular 
case is that both bands are managed 
by the same office, General Amuse- 
ment Corp. ■ ;■.:■':■■ 

Byrne is now using vocalist Kay 
Little in place of Miss Claire; Miss 
Little had been with Tony • Pastor, 
another Shribman interest, and is 
supposed to be contracted for a year 
to Shribman himself. . It's figured - 
that Shribman will, release Miss Lit- 
tle 'to - Byrne -if Byrne consents to 
drop the suit against Miller. . 

SPIVAK UNIT TAGGED 
FOR GLEN IS. CASINO 



Charlie Spivak's new . band has 
been singled out for the ^coveted sum- 
mer stretch at Glen Island Casino, 
New Rochelle, New York. Qutflt Is 
at the Casino now having been there 
since late last fall, working th« 
spot's first season of winter opera- 
tion. Spivak will leave March; 28 for 
six or seven weeks of theatre work. 
Including, a shot at the Strand the- 
atre, N. Y., then go back about May 
22, ' '■"-■ ■ • ; . - . ' 
. Indications are that the Casino may 
split its season this year, bringing 
in two bands instead of one. When 
Mike DeZutter, Casino official, was 
asked how long Spivak would stay 
his answer was 'a good' part of th« 
summer.' - It inay be that Claude 
Thornhill . will follow , Spivak. His 
new band had been mentioned as a 
possibility for the entire season. 

Cot tes Brown Contract? 

. Negotiations were on Tuesday to 
transfer the contract of the Les 
Brown band from Joe Glaser to Gen- 
eral Amusement Corp. Deal has 
been in the works for several weeks,, 
but was hanging fire until Tom 
Rockwell, GAC exec, returned from 
California. 

Brown at one -time recently -was 
being booked by GAC on a contract, 
which, according to. Glaser, stipu- 
lated that GAC had to secure the 
band an agreeable location date with 
network wires to. make the pact 
binding. It was for five years, .but 
expired in 90 days when the agency 
failed to come up with a. suitable lo- 
cation. : 



••; Powell to Tuckahoe ; 

Teddy Poylreirs new band Will go . 
after an air., buildup via. three 
months stay at Bprdewick's, Tucka* 
hoe, New: York, with network wires. : 
Band opens : Feb.; 12. Spot was Onca . 
called Murray's and its' air time, is 
generally credited ' with helping 
Tommy Tucker's band get started. 
Tucker was there a° long while mora 
than a. year ago. 

. Powell last week took his band out 
of . General Amusement Corp. and 
lined it up for bookings with Con- 
solidated Radio .Artists. 



Milwaukee ^Nostalgia 

• Milwaukee, Feb. 4.,. '; 
:.. No: i record for popularity on the 
local .juke box . circuit is 'I Wish I 
Was Back in Milwaukee,' written by 
J V; De Cimber, a home, town com- 
poser, arid waxed ■ by .Freddie- FisCh* 
er's Schnicklefritzefs. . - :' 
... De .Cimber has just organized the 
Republic . -Music P'ublishihg .. Co. , to 
market this and Other .. numbers of. 
which he confesses authorship. 



50 



VAUDEVILLE 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



Night Club Reviews 



Ijnv Al PAl Kyf MIAMI ' voiced ElviraRios." a Souih. American 
K.KJ I /^Li r/Vl-.iyi, ballad singer who fates in the. best 



Miami, Feb. 1. 



inger 

company. She was held . for. : five 
numbers at this catching and;could 



Milfoil" Berlei The Royal . Guards, have done more, but roost;-, remark- 
Jeaii Trauers, Paul Haakon, Alcx jable was the. fact that hcri' .lo ; w. : 
Rotov, The JartsLcys, Palmcttes (24), 1 pitched voice held a well-fjlled room 
Rose Blave loith Abe Lyman Orch' ■ in silence. V; . ; \'\. ; . • - 
(17). Oscar de ' la Rosa, Orch ; (8) ; $5 ; ;■ : JuiVrtita . Juarc7; .cU.tc. little. South 



dinner 6r$4- minimum. ■ . 

A highiy regarded, .entry in the. 
ear.ly-season ;qualityin/t trials for the 



American singer. Who also fronts her 
pianisl-liu'sband's rli'iimba band .in- its 
dance sessions; and the .personable. 
Fernando Alvarez, who m.c.'S and 



town's number one nitery stakes,- Art ! sings, in Span islj. arc holdovers and 
Chrlders' itoya I Palm, with . Milton . Viv't ua Uy playing stock at the Gppa-. 
Berle up. now looms, as a 1 sure'- .win-. V cabana 



ner over a field ottering the stiffest 
tompetitioh- in. history of the 'local, 
classic. It ' also marks- ; Berle as .a 
leading contender for the nation's 
top nitei'y.. comic ■ rating for, 1941. 

Aside from this being the initial 
local showing of his classy new. 
model proboscis, Berle has added 
advantage of ■ being bracketed in 
fist comrrany that not only, scores 
impressively, but -serve's as ace foil 
for his fache .ad-libbing. Not; only 
docs ho wow the customers as a 
single, but keeps the room in art up- 
roar by crashing every a'dton the 
bill, even to getting involved in the 
whirlwind acrobatics of the Jahsleys. 
His ultra -smart, quips are occasion- 
ally too' fast for .those, slow ori: the. 
uotake.- : Bv the time some of them, 
sink in. Bsrle is into chapter . two; 
arid has to backtrack to . pick 7 up the 
stragglers. . He is undoubtedly one- .'of. 
the fastest and most - indefatigable 
entertainers on the boards today. . . 

The Royal Guards are right: in the!, 
same league, but their pitch has. a 
romantic angle, A personable sextet 
of stalwart, songsters, they stopped 
the show. cold opening: -nite' (29) with 
robust renditions of musical comedy 
-and college, airs.. Value of their 
vocal izirig is doubled by the swash- 
buckling appearance they make In 
guardsmen uniforms of blue and 
white. hiD boots : and swirling capes. 

Jean Travers is another who is 
ri-'ht in . there pitching. She is an 
exceedingly well poised coloratura 
soprano, not without ' considerable, 
s.a., whose weilntuned pipes permit 
her to register effectively, both with 
pops arid operetta excerpts. Her ex- 
changes with Berle likewise ..stamp 
her as . a talented cominedienne. 
She's doubling from the. Roney-Plaza 
Hotel. 

In following Paul Draper into the 
Royal Palm, Paul Haakon faces an 
obvious hurdle in that there are 
almost certain to be comparisons 
made between Jiis technique and 
that of his. predecessor Actually, 
there is little basis for argument. 
Draper crosses ballet with taps, 
while Haakon is strictly, a product of 
the ballet. This ' is one of the few 
times he. has ventured into the nitery. 
field. Evidently he has given this 
transition considerable thought, : for 
his routines, though still retaining 
' the essential fundamentals of the 
ballet. h*ve: been adapted to the 
tastes of, the cafe mob. Looks like a 
good bet for similar bookings: 

Alex Rotov is also an expert 
ternst. His stepping, ' however, is 
strictly of modern vintage. 

Spotting the Jarisleys in this lay- 
out is another smart move, for quar- 
tet provides the sawdust touch 
needed to satisfy any with a peren- 
nial circus complex, yet doesn't de- 
tract from the class calibre of the 
bill. Working without a springboard, 
two of these ace acros perform spine? 
tingling flips and stands on the wp- 
raised feet of the bottom half:. It's a 
spectacular turn arid: rates hefty ap- 
plause, v 

Roval Palmettes are one of the 
few lines of lookers in town Who can 
actually hoof. Slick routines would 
indicate plenty of forethought and 
rehearsal, and nifty costumes are an 
. added attraction. 

This marks Abe Lyrrian's third sea- 
son here, and his versatile aggrega- 
tion b?s never sounded better. A sock 
combo of 17. it handles show with 
snnn .arid authority, and dispenses 
sizzling dansapation. Rose Blane has 
plenty of oomph, and sells her vocals 
with conviction. Lyman is a natural 
fd- Berle's clowning. 

Oscar. De jjri Rosa, makes with; the 
m-^rcas : for the. congarhumba con 
SCSI'S. .'-■'' ''■'•■'.■''' 

R°Vue was produced: by AT White, 
Jr.. nrd an original score, as yet un 
pir-;i. : ">«4 is by Bob Musel and 
Lionel Rand. -Harris. 



Copycaba.na's flbprshow js" held to. 
a rather brioi. running time, but ap- 
parently- 'Just; enough of ■ a : dose for.: 
the customers. There's no stalling 
and' rid. muinbo jumbo, but jjiist neat 
entertainment' by gopd-iooking peO- 
ole: .\And;'amorisr the .'-latter, of course, 
is; .the; • extremely well-costumed. 
(Myles White) line of six- gitls; :all 
beauts.... doubling . from;. Broadway, 
musicals who are as good, on the.hopf. 
in Miss Fielding's routines- as they, 
are iri appearance. >-. ; '. : 

. ■ This layout looks like the best this 
nitery has' had since its opening and 
indications are it will stick six to 
eight weeks, ficho, 



best-looking conga line in the field. 
The boys and girls are. screen types. 

One Eileen Devlin Is quite a local 
rave, and a couple from the octet 
step out and' do a. very presentable 
tango routine to break up: the se- 
quence. Johnny Pineapple's Hawai- 
lans (4) give out a neat change of 
pace thus supplying the Beachcomber 
with three sets of. bands, all iri. the 
Latin or South Seas idiom, but high-; 
ly commercial none the. less. How- 
ever, there are Still some qualms 
over the wisdom Of such band book- 
ings, and only the weeks' successive 
crosses will answer that.. Right now 
it's working out better than expected. 
". ■ ■ Abel. ■. 



COPACABANA, N, Y, 

Patricia Bowman (2):,. Elvirtf. Rids, 
Juanita Juarez, Fernando . Alvarez; 
Chorus- (6) ,-' Nat Brandwyhhe's Orch, 
Tfank MattVs Rhumba B^ and; $2 and 
$3 minimi^ms. '■•-., • : .. . 

Now Monte Prober's No. 1 New 
York nitery click (although the 
Beachcomber on Broadway is still 
plenty profitable) the Copacabana 
preemcd a fine show.; in the east 
side spot's classy tradition last week 
(27). One of its features, Patricia 
Bowman, is a departure for. a night 
club anywhere, ballet dancing being 
• rare dish for nocturnal: whoopee, 
but to the credit of stager Marjorie 
Fielding arid Miss Bowman's owri ex- 
cellerit toe work, part of It with an 
unbilled male partner, the longhair 
routines hold, attention'. : .. 

Show's top click !■ th« llquid- 



BE ACHGOMBER 

(MIAMI BEACH) '.- 

Miami i Beach;. Feb.l. 
Xauier -Cuoat prch (14),: Eduarda 
Chavez and' Rhumba. .Band ■ (9) 
Jphrrny PhieappZe Band (4) , "Carlyle 
Blackwell, Tropical Dancers * (8), 
Linay Romay, Carmen Castilla, Mig- 
uelito Vaidez; $2 minimum. 

Monte Proser's . Beachcomber is ari 
eyeri bigger success -iri Miami Beach 
than on . Broadway or any. of . jts 
branch zombie ; joints. ' Gorisidering 
the stiff : competition from the . other 
class joints, which invariably have 
casino adjuncts, and that this is a 
straight eatery, ■ it's all . the more 
amazing, especially . in this resort; 

New lineup is unique iri cafe his- 
tory for a number of reasons. For 
one thing- it pits two congarhumba 
bands against each other — Xavier 
Cugat's bigger crew (14) and the 
Eduardo Chavez combo. (9) which is 
a holdover. This seemingly wacky 
booking , is daring but not so screwy 
an . idea; Since they're nerts about 
Latin tempos' in these parts. Proser 
is giving them double, feature there- 
of and there are no squawks. 

Actually it's a circumstance not 
exactly of. his own choosing, Cugat 
was pre-booked months ago, in fact 
when he was at the Waldorf-Astoria, 
N. Y., last sumiper. It wasn't then 
anticipated that the transplanted- 
from-Broadway Beachcomber band, 
Chavez, would click so . solidly iri 
Miami, but since he did, his band 
was ■ also retained. In the : mean- 
time Cugat didn't figure that his 
Camel radio show would register and 
that- he might be placed iri the posi- 
tion? of wanting to buy Off his con- 
tract here for $5,000, as he offered to 
doctor the five Weeks, that they're in.: 
As it was, Cugat paid off $1,000 for 
some weeks in other southern keys 
when the radio, commercial cropped 
up. • 

Also unique in this spot is Carlyle 
Blackwell, the yesteryear - silent 
screen star. A well preserved draw- 
ing room type even today, Blackwell 
is doing this chiefly as an avocation. 
He is reported well fixed and fur- 
thermore has been a liquor: house 
representative for some time.- Here 
he only makes the . preliminary 
introductory and also officiates 
modestly in the. Beachcomber's out- 
door patio for the cocktail dansants. 

Show is 100% Latin.: Miguelito 
Vaidez (New Acts) is given fuller 
Opportunities, here than when Cugat 
first brought him in from* Cuba last 
.-summer;. He's, one of the few. Cuban 
radio-made stars. 
: Carmen Castillo (Mrs, Cugat) who 
records prolificacy with her hus 
band-maestro on Columbia (and for- 
merly Victor); has a soprano; solo op- 
portunity, but held down by length 
of the. show. -Her rendition, of 'Freri 
esi' is still distinctive, despite . the 
radio over-playing of the number. 

; Cugat himself - is the dean of Latin 
dansapators. Long ahead of the field, 
he stuck to his guns, in ' face of 
shifting, dance - styles, and, where for- 
merly he Was countenanced as the 
NO.;? rhumba band, the shifting te'rp 
trends; elevated him into No. 1 posi- 
tion. Qthers, less: hardy^ notably En- 
ric ; Madriguera, ' who, too, was t 
-pioneer ' ' Latin-Amerieari dansa< 
nation, were forced to shift,, to' boun 
cier fhythiiis in order to get out.' of 
the: then /relatively, minor league 
standing; although today Madriguera 
likewise . has sprurig back Into the 
limelight.' > ,* 

Liriay Rprriay . (New • . Acts) , el- 
though miridr-spotted with Cugat, as 
part of his personnel, rates, special- 
ized attention in Cafes as a modest- 
priced but flashy femme interlude,, 
Adel Mara, also a youngster of about 
18, is a classic Spanish dancer, with 
emphasis on the castanets. She has 
been pari oj the Cugat ensemble for 
some months. JHer Impression of 
Donna (Medrano and) Is her. fea 
tured number and OK. . 

Tropical. Dancera (8) remain th* 



dlo boycotts their music, this is the 
only way the music men can retali- 
ate. Invariably* . also, this sort of - 
spiel gets surprisingly audible au- 
dience response . from laymen who 
are seemingly au courarit of the sit- 
uation. 

, Show lineup is • Judicious admix- 
ture of nascent and established tal- 
ent, somewhat belieirig the .'Stardust' 
billing, but,- for general values, it is 
decidedly there. 

The Mulcays (2), personable hus- 
band-wife harmonica combo, click 
with Gershwin's 'Rhapsody,' 1 'Flight 
of . the Bumble Bee' and ,. Larry 
Adler's arrangement of 'Smoke Gets 
in Your Eyes/ . • t 

The. Galli Sisters (3) are. juvenile 
scat-sing trio who have done sopie 
rtlrriusical . ; . harmonics, iricludirig 
•Wishing' which they introduced on 
the. screen. They handle 'Ferryboat 
Serenade/ 'Hawaiian War Chant' and. 
a 'Show BOat' rnedley equally as well. ■ 
The middle orie, seemingly only about 
14 or 15, despite her makeup, is the 
outstander with her Fanniebricesque: 
personality, although there's nothing 
dialectic in their lyricizing. 

Norman Drake is a fast tapster, 
his impression of a. Com/nunistic 
harangue in tempo being a^eat cori- 
ceit. Ruby Ririg ties herself ; into 
knots with her. contortive specialty 
which is n6ver offensive however. 
She does an acro-darice strip, so to 
speak, utilizing a staircase contrap- 
tion for her amazing limber-limbing. 
Miss Ring- in addition,, is attrac- 
tive and fits nicely in any cafe v for 
closeup work, besides being an asset 
for the rostrum. 
Marie Austin, too, has been around, 
lum . , .. She's a cross between the Ella Lp- 

What Madriguera is giving beside ; gan-Dixie Dunbar style of hotcha 



TERRACE ROOM, DET. 

" ■ (HOTEL STATtER) ■: ' 

- I'- i- V bdtrott, Jari. 24.;. 

jBscnderp and Morales, Craxoford 
and Caskey, Patricia Gilmore, Sdrita 
OM Tito, Enric Madriguera Orch 
(11) . - ' •;.:; ■ '- '' / / 

. (Combining lighting effects, music 
and performers into an entity, Enric 
Madriguera has come up with the 
second -of his ,'Midnight MoOds,' a 
smooth flowing 'shoW idea which has 
helped, him break records for the 
Terrace. Room, one of the two hotel 
niter ies in downtown Detroit. Com- 
pact room here- has long been a 
center for the congarhumba Icrowd, 
plentiful in the town, and Madriguera 
was in no envied spot when he fol- 
lowed Xavier. .Cugat who' set, off the 
cra« here three years ago and has 
since, been a veteran settler in the : 
room.- 



mu'siO is distinctly class stuff, natur- 
ally .woven around: Spanish themes 
but With 'conventional American, acts 
riot neglected. Madrigucra's 'Mood' 
idea takes a - constant sweep from 
jungle music, into Latin-American 
tunes and then into American, pop- 
ular niusic. ''■''', '- 

His current show starts With a 
blacked-out- roorn, jungle rhythm 
and spot" picks up TitO Rodriguez 
from the band, who sings' 'Peanut: 
Vendor/ Marie MOrales takes a solo 
spot with a tango.. It serves nicely 
in bringing on Anthony EscuderO, 
son of the great Spanish darker, 
who while working with . another 
traditional number, the 'faruca,.. 
flashes amazing heel taps and winds 
up with the noted, trick of. his 
father's, playing his. fingernails like 
castanets. Madriguera fo!lows',with 
a return to' his concert fiddle using 
'Star Dust" for a starter and letting 
the- crowd whims take him elsewhere 
with their nominations in the plen-. 
tiful encores. , 

Morales arid Escudero, who tearn 
up as a cute, pint-sized pair, do a 
'jOta, another native dancer on the 
flirtatious side which allows in some 
coriiedy • With the ..technical excel- 
lence. ■• ■'•■''■ w - 

Show starts slipping away from 
the Spanish -emphasis when Patricia 
Gilmore, whose personality and voice 
are strong, takes over the lyric 
chores with 'Give Me Time/ . 'I Got 
to Keep on Shakln', with a deft cot- 
net obligato from Jimmy Carroll; 
The Last Time 1 Saw Paris' and 'I 
Hear Music' The show rounds out 
with Crawford and Caskey, working' 
as easily and- humorously as usual, 
having fun with American ballroom 
styles, combining comedy with nifty 
footwork and adagio and even using 
magic props for a fourth number. 
Ifs the kind of show that runs heav- 
ily to encores. 

On the night caught Sarita was 
out with flu. She has a comedy 
dance turn with Rodriguez. Pool. 



MAYFAIR, MIAMI 

Miami, Feb. 1. 
Benny Davis 'Stardust on Parade' 
with Marie Austin, The Mulcayt (2), 
Galli Sisters (3), Ruby Riny, Norman 
Drake, DeMayos (2), Jerry Bressler 
Orch (&) with Wendy Bishop; ?1.50 
minimum, no cover. 

f Jbe Moss, familiar Broadway nit- 
ery .figure through, his " past affilia- 
tions with the Holly wood, and Inter- 
national ; Casino, is boriif ace at this 
somewhat out-of-the-way spot where 
Benny Davis heads a crack: 'new 
talerit' flOor show; However; Miami's 
geographical spread is such that lo- 
cation means nothing if you've the 
show; the price is right; or there are 
other attractions. Right now Miami 
is pretty wide open, but the technical 
raid;. Oh Slapsie Maxle's, ' in face of 
everything else\beirig..lpose; stalled 
any . casino adjuncts With the May- 
fair. ' . ■ .•:■;'. .• ■■...; ■..';. V' 

It's aVgag among the . show bunch 
that this spot sees- 'a new. Benny 
Davis— his doesn't sing 'Margie,' ' but 
actually that .is • kidding on the 
square. He's less Obtrusive in his in- 
trodiictories, he builds his kids right, 
gives them their full opportunities 
solo, . without intrusion, and, above 
all, paces a fast and clevet revue. He 
himself isn't kidding that.the ASCAP 
situation forded him back to 'saloon' 
singing, and he does that by plugging 
three good potentials in 'that's Mia- 
mi,' which .is a local booster , ditty 
that he hopes to tie up with the: 
Chamber of Commerce; "That's How 
1 Remember Her By/ in rhumba 
rhythm, arid. 'Try. Love/ 

Inbidentally Davis' wheeze that 
he's' stopped . using . Jeljo, smoking 
Luckies, etc., is really part of . the 
ASCAPites' general idea that if ra- 



song sellirig, arid : essays a toughish 
Patsy Kelly mannerism as she gives' 
out with 'Ohio,' a Tetf Lewis 'Baby 
Smiles at Me' impression; 'That's for 
Me/ and 'Argentine Way* , (rhvthrn 
parody Version). The DelMayos (2). 
are fast whirling steppers v .&lso a nice 
interlude. Jerry Bressler batons the 
band arid a very photogenic gal. 
W'endy BishoD,. vocalizes and does 
the maracas routines with-: him. : . . 

<5iven break at the: casino,. Davis 
ought to convert this spot into a win- 
ner for Joe Moss. Abel. 



Unit Reviews 



SCREWBALLS OF 1941 

(ORPHEUM, DES MOINES) 

Des. Moines, Jan. 30. 
Jack PoioeW, Four Franks, A! 
Verdi, Ted "Lester, Wilbur Hall and 
Renee, the Ambassadors, Don Rice, 
Eve Ross Girls; 'Let's Make Musi&. 
(RKO). . .- ' ; - - 

The footlights of the Orpheum are 
on again after five arid a half years 
with a variety show that proved so 
popular in the -four, days booked it 
was . held over for two days. The 
show, which had Its opening here, 
brought capacity weekend business 
despite a 13-inch snowstorm, and as- 
sures a policy of stage attractions 
from time, to time at the Orpheum; 
• Seen by . agents from Chicago, 
Cleveland and New York during its 
opening, the unit has been booked 
for 12. weeks' consecutive playing 
time in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chi- 
cago, Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, 
Akron and Indianapolis. Tom Gor- 
man, veteran of vaudeville with the 
Albee circuit and now Chicago di- 
vision manager for RKO . theatres, 
came out to catch the show and 
stayed, for eight shows. 

, Running 70 minutes, the show still 
seems short; Outfit seemingly lives 
up to its title by every word and ac- 
tion. It's all clean fun except for a 
little purplish comedy that Don Rice, 
as emcee, injects unsuccessfully. Rice 
works hard, pacing well from start 
to finish. He's better as emcee than 
on comedy,, his Roosevelt and" Will- 
kle bit is a little dubious, , - 

Jack. Powell headlines rightfully; 
his : standard drumming routine is 
still surefire.. Powell: handles the 
drums in the stage band the whole 
show, making up for his specialty 
while In the orchestra. With only a 
skeleton straight orchestra, the fea- 
tured acts sit in to' give a big Orches- 
tra effect to the staging. . Against an 
attractive background of gigantic 
balls and screws, production shows 
unusual flash: and tempo for a fledg- 
ling; ;.-. ; 

^Sharing top honori: with" Powell 
;ar# the Four Franks, who appeared 
oh the 1940 state fair program. They 
do some fast tapping, working with 
trumpets and saxophones: for an in- 
troduction, the act really gets going 
When orie of the girls starts a screw- 
ball dancie. ' From that moment the 
acrobatic antics arid tapping are tops, 
ending with a riotous version Of a 
.'Gone , With the Wind' love scene 
Which left not only the principals 
but. the audience winded. All -nifty 
entertainment, 

Al Verdi, 250-pound comedy 'cellist 
in boy scout uniform; Ted Lester, 
with his half-dozen cape-concealed 
musical instruments, and Wilbur Hall 
with his" trick playing of numerous 
instruments ana trick shoei' flll eon 
• (Continued on page 52) '. " 



New Acts in Niteries 



MIGUELITO VALDEZ 
Afro-Cubans Singer 
Beachcomber, Miami Beach . . . 
' Ariybody knowing the corny radio 
setup in Cuba can appreciate the 
limitations lor any new talent as- 
serting itself on the daiquiri kilo.- 
cycles. That only one or two have 
stepped put with any degree of im- 
portance speaks for itself. One of 
these is Miguelito Vaidez arid that 
was chiefly via his Cuba-waxed re- 
cordings (he's rnade some 400 plat- 
ters). ■■'.;,.- 

Xavier Cugat brought him into the 
U. S. last spring for the . Waldorf- ' 
Astoria (N. Y.)' and he's still tech- 
nically only a featured singer:- with 
the CUgat orchestra; But, given solo 
opportunities, as here, Vaidez' more 
than; adequately holds his own. His 
handling of the conga drum in Afro-. 
Cubaria stuff like 'Barbaru' and 
'Blen Blen Blen' makes Desi Arnaz 
a road company; although the. latter ' 
has the better personality for Angli- 
can values, of course. Vaidez also 
features 'Zombie/ a specially writteri 
. tune which ties in the Monte Proser 
niteries-- of ; which this is one; with, 
this id.iorn Of Latin riuisic 
, Even in Cuba; Vaidez was given 
but meagre opportunities when With 
the La Playa band at the Casino 
Nacional, but the local radio pickups 
got , him the recording dates. He 
should do some in America as Weil. 

• ■ Abel. 



LIN AY ROMAY 

Songs /• 

Beachcomber, Miami Beach' 

. Actually part of Xavier Cugat's 
bandshow, Linay Rorriay, a brunet 
looker, with a great chassis; and a 
riifty maracas' routine, could step, out 
on her own as a specialist iri any. 
cafe. She does so here, bUt then re- 
tires: to the band ranks to wield the 
claves and manipulate the maracas. 
' ..For her specialty she does 'Rhum- 
boogie' in "English and heralds Car- 
men Mirandas forthcoming 'Chica 
Chica Boom' Xfrom £0th's, 'They Met 
in Rio') for. her second featured 
number. 

.Coupling a deft song, style with 
her arresting front, Liriay Romay is. 
a cinch for spot cafe bookings away 
from Cugat any time. With him 
she's : an undeniable, asset to the 
band. Abel. 



New Act in Theatre 



POWERS MODELS (4) 

Songs 

14 Mlris. 

Fay's Theatre, Providence, R. I. 

An. NBC-JOhn Powers tieup 
brought > three of Powers . singing 
models, Rojsalind Madison, Carolyn 
Cromwell and Katherlne Miller, arid 
accompanist Jay Levlson into town 
for seasoning prior to scheduled New 
York appearances. Gals, are well 
chosen for feminine pulchritude, pre- 
senting class plus and voices to back 
it up. 

Their specialty is low key throaty 
singing- which fit in well with num- 
bers spotted at show caught. . Slight 
difficulty beset two of the girls at 
the' opening show because of obvious 
colds. Rosalind Madison m.c/s. 

Girls harmonize nicely for 'Mary 
Goes Round on Her Merry-Go- 
Round' and a new number, 'Panama- 
lita/ by Jay Levison. Katherine 
Miller's low voice gives a nice lift 
to 'I Give You My WOrd/ and Caro- 
lyn Cromwell's rendition of 'Yes, My 
Darling Daughter' is in the groove. 

Malo. 



LOOKOUT HOUSE, CINCY, 
'UNFAIR', AGVA CLAIMS 



Cincirinati, Feb. 4. 
Lookout House nitery has been 
declared unfair by the American 
Guild of Variety Artists. All mem-, 
bers of AGVA have been notified 
that the night spot has been put on 
the; unfair, list and have been told to 
handle themselves accordingly. 
.'. AGVA has been u nabl e. to 
straighten out a couple Of situations 
regarding the Lookout : house, apd 
What are deemed unfair, tactics 
towards AGVA members. '" 



Chet Hale to Havana 



. Havana, Feb. 4. ' 
• Chester. iHale flies . tomorrow 
(Wednesday) to line up a new show 
for the Gran Casino Nacional, where 
his Hale girls arid an American flbpr- 
show have been holdirig forth. New 
act alignment may. see some changes. 
Meantime Karen Cooper, songstress, 
has left the show. ' 

At the Hotel Nacional the manage- 
ment has renewed Gonzalo. and 
Christine for the entire season, 
through the month, of March. - . 



Wednesday, February 5, 1041 



VAUDEVILLE 51 



Fort Wx(R J J Culling Entertainers 
Out of f 'ftaft^. Via 'Espionage 
rstemio 






By HERB GOLDEN 

Fort Dix, N. J., Feb. 4. . 
. Despite the War Department's ap- 
. parent lack of interest in providing 
entertainment at the moment* a 
home-grown, two-hour vaude show 
here, is bringing diversion every 
evening -to as : many /boys as can 
crowd . into a. 450-seat. auditorium. 
And much' of It is by professional 
talent— or ait \east professional tal- 
ent before it was conscripted. 

Informal staff to handle the night- 
ly shows has been set iip and has 
developed . a virtually foolproof 
dragnet for locating recruits with 
.even a ; < taint ^of theatrical back-,' 
ground or ability. .-More- than 500 
soldiers -to-be arrive here every day 
and each group is given, a carer 
fully-planned and triple-checked 
culiing to sniff out entertainment 
possibilities. 

System is so efficient that the po- 
tentials, are all auditioned within 1 
one day ' of their arrival in . camp' 
arid , appear oh the stage that same 
night, if they meet the specifications 
of ; 'producer' Bob Shackleton. ' - '; A 
recruit of only three-arid-one-half 
Weeks' standing himself, Shackleton 
Is a . vocalizing, veteran of such 
Broadway musicals as 'Keep Off the 
Crass' and 'Very Warm for Slay/ 

In addition to . auditioning.' the 
prospects and producing the shows, 
Bob is m.cj arid principal warbler... 
Minus a job- arid with his draft num- 
ber periously close, he volunteered 
a riionth ago in the hope of getting 
just the break he received. He his 
an informal permarierit assignment 
—minus drill and much of the usual 
routiner^handllrig. • the entertain * . 
ment 

; "This is the longest contract I've 
ever had— a whole year,* the ex- 
Broadwayite declared. 

Shackleton works under Capt. 
John B. Parker and Sgt. Dave Con- 
way, both of whom are in the 
Army's recreation division,, but in 
the. athletic end. Inasmuch as. they 
discovered quickly after their ar- 
rival last, fall that there would be 
no football, baseball, boxing or other 
teams yet to coach, they drifted into 
show business arid love it. 

Variety % Tlpoff 

Capt. Parker, who had never been 
closer to Broadway than the Yankee 
stadium, is now an avid Variety 
reader. Fact is, that's his first check 
on who from show business is being 
sent his way. Wheri^ he reads in 
Variety, that an actor or bandsman 
has been drafted or volunteered, he 
has one of his aides, virtually at " the 
train to meet the guy, he's so anx- 
ious to get pro talent. 

That's only the beginnings how- 
ever, of his dragnet. First step for 
every lad after alighting at the sta- 
tion Is to give his name and former 
occupaton to teletype, operator 
Frank -Kline. Quite an amateur, 
magi himself, Kline Is called by 
Capt. Parker his 'talent jcout.' Name 
of everyone who has any show busi- 
ness background is immediately for- 
warded to the Captain's office.. 

Second step for all recruits is be- 
ing interviewed by Arriiy officers, 
.who give them .a 'complete going- 
over as to vocation, avocation and 
special abiiities-^evefything frorii 
biologist to saxaphone player Is 

• listed. Interviewers slip Parker a 
special list every \day of all new 
soldiers who show' possibilities as 
entertainers,: , And then the classi- 
fication officer at the camp tips off 
Parker the '.f ollowing day if anyone 
with talent could have conceivably 
slipped through the carefully-spread 
■web. * 

: " \ Quick Report 

. ^Morning following . the conscrip- 
tees' arrival, Shackleton has a com- 
plete list of his possibilities. He has 

. them ordered to the ' reception area 
auditorium in the afternoon and be- 
gins auditions. Those he likes; are 
in the ,' show put on for the other 
newcomers that eveni ng. 
Ones who. meeV with special apr 

. proval. of the audiences are noted by 
Shackleton and Capt. Parker for fu- 
ture reference. Parker has. a tacit 
understanding, with , the assignment 

• officer that these 'boys be kind of 
. 'forgotten' about so. they, can stay in 

the receptibri area and aid with the 
shows, or else be perinanently as- 
signed to the company which handles 
new recruits in. the area. 
Roundabout iriethod is required be- 



cause, the War Departriient has made 
no provision for men to be assigned 
to the entertainment division, al- 
though limited officer personnel has 
been sent up. Parker's boss in the 
Army heierarchy is Major Joseph C, 
Donoghue, post recreation and -en- 
tertainment .officer,- who In turn is 
under Lieut.-Col. Frank E. Bridgetts, 
corps area morale officers; . They, 
have : made - repeated " r<equests. to 
Washington to be. allowed to assign 
themselves permanent aides and are 
hoping for success. Fort Dix, inci- 
dentally,; ;-is urider'stopd to -'.'be'" most, 
advanced of any- camp receiving. re* 
cruitt ih.'.$rbvidir^'.eht.ertainWeAt;. ;:,'■' 
: ."' ■ Captl - Parker's - Show' 'Big;; Staff ■ 

..Capt. Parker — who also serves as 
assistant personnel adjutant here^- 
has In his quiet way lined up quite 
a little staff. Among its members are 
Sam Cooke, Negro pianist,, who was' 
formerly chauffeur '-and houseman 
for' Guy Lombardo; %id Tamber, a 
BOrscht belt comic (the. Flagler, in 
the Catskills); MicJael Angelo (he's 
Agnello in the Army) ; who formerly 
sang at Jimmy Kelly's nitery. in 
Greenwich Village and at a flock of 
other clubs and. radio /stations; Joe 
Scandur, who;, was vocalist in the 
Broadway musicals, . 'Higher . and 
Higher' and 'The Boys frOni. Syra- 
cuse'; Sid' Ordpwer, who raft his own 
repertory . company, " the '.'. Empire. 
Players, In Syracuse; Cliff Goodman, 
pianist and organist forriierly with 
Jerry Livingstone's orch, and Jason 
Stewart; Negro- tap terper. '".'•'. 

Recent discovery among the con- 
scriptees, but a bit tqo toney to merit 
holding perriianentlyi i.n the reception 
area, was Paul Rotella; concert pian- 
ist, who performed last year iri'Towri 
Hall, N. Y. 

. Shows are limited to the induction 
center of the camp at present, as its 
auditorium, is the only one complet- 
ed. However, 13 more just like .it 
are being built .and are expected to 
be ready within a couple months. 
No provision has been made, hew- 
ever, for entertainment to fill them. 

Also building are two 1,000-seat 
theatres for the main portion, of the 
camp and another 350-seater for the 
reception area.. .All will be ..used for 
films — the only .• really advanced 
phase . of the Army's ' morale pro- 
gram — except when some special en- 
tertainment, such as the Lucky Strike 
show a couple weeks . ago, comes 
along. Pick of the grade A picture 
crop, plus a few westerns, are how. 
shown every night in an old World 
War leftover known as the St. George 
Club, which will be torn dow.n as 
soon as the new buildings are com- 
pleted. Pictures are also shown 
nightly in a giant — but cold— tent 
Seating 1,000. 

Dqrpite the absence of facilities, 
several units in . the camp outside the 
reception area'' have managed to 
string shows together. Best Was that 
of the Bakers' and . Cooks' school, 
where some 150 lads took time off 
from learnnig how to prepare the 
Army's chow long enough ta . exhibit 
talent at terpirig, vocalizing and gen- 
eral tomfoolery on an improvised 
stage. .'. • ' 



ANTI-AGVA MEETING 

Agents and Actors Unite In Attack- 
ing Hoyt Haddock .'and Org.;, 



Chi Actors Fete AGVA 
Exec Sec Jack Irving 

Chicago, Feb. 4. 

Unusual was the spontaneous 
party the performers of Chicago 
tossed last week for Jack Irving, lo- 
cal rep for the American Guild of 
Variety .Artists; on his fifth wedding 
anniversary. .V "Spine; 500 performers 
crowded into -the party rooms at the 
Sh'ermari , hbtel ; on Saturday (1 ) for 
the informal- shindig. 

It .was a tribute from these per- 
formers to Irving for the mariner; in 
which hie has revitalized AGVA here. 
Not only were performers in for the 
party, but . agents, managers and 
nitery owners showed up to add 
their personal congratulations. '• 

Chi Frolic* Reopening 

Chicago, Feb.. 4. . 
Dennis Cooney is readying to. re- 
open his loop Royale Frolics , nitery 
shortly. '- " 

; Cooney has cleared up his Gov- 
ernment, obligation with a payment ] 
of $55,000. 



A Joint meeting of actors and 
agents was held at. Union Church, 
New York, Thursday evening (30) 
as a protest against the American 
Guild of Variety Artists, . Principal 
..speakers, were two. deposed local 
executive, secretaries of AGVA, 
Phil Irving. (N. Y.). and Tom Kelly 
(Philly ), arid Hymie Goldstein;: pres- 
ident of the 'Associated Agents of 
America; a- group that has riot beeh : 
franchised - by AGVA .and. which 
sponsored the meeting. Around 100 
attended; . -'' •'• T .'■ •':,'•' 

Kelly bitterly; attacked AGVA arid 
especially-. Hoyt Haddock, / national 
executive secretary.. W reiterated 
his- charge "that Haddock is a . Com- 
riiuriist, among other things," arid then 
said that a. standing committee com- 
posed of ; an actor, an agent; a night, 
club, operator , and a vaude theatre 
op could settle al), problems cbniing 
up between actors arid managers. 

Irving,, s'urpisiiagly,: made, a pro- 
AGVA speech; buf said that the; ac- 
tors should participate more iri the 
union's activities, , which is old 
arguriient •':. Goldstein,' oii : the other 
hand, also attacked AG VA for fail- 
ure to cooperate with the agents. . 

According ■-. to the circulars' sent 
Out by ' Goldstein's AAA, the initials 
of which; apparently,; also stand, for" 
the Actors and Agents of America, 
the iriass' meeting was. called for the 
purpose : of discussing ways;- arid , 
means of creating more. Jobs for. a'c- 
tors. That, was the least important 
part of the discussion. 







Chicago, Feb; 4. 

After sev.eral weeks of . negotiations 
between the local office of the Airier-, 
lean Guild of Variety. Artists arid 
Balaban & Katz, it appears that an 
agrf ement is ready for . signaturing. 
Tentative agreement was initialed 
last week ,with only , two minor , de- 
tails to be worked, There appears to 
be no doubt that these two items [will 
be ironed, out shortly and a full fconr 
tract put into effect. '-., - v V - ■ 

This Is the first big. deal put over 
by the revitalized AGVA office, with 
the new broom in the hands, of Jack 
Irving, new exec secretary. t ' 

IrVing was contacted last week by 
Charles Hbgan, booker for the War- 
ner theatres iri this territory, and 
was informed to have a contract 
ready for a Warner o.o. within a few 
'days.- 

After two years of bickering be- 
tween AGVA arid Merriel Abbott of 
the Palmer House, a- final agreement 
was inked last week for the Empire 
Room. Empire Room is signatured 
to a 100% AGVA contract, with none 
of the acts appearing in that Palmer 
House nitery perriiltted to double to 
other rooms or permitted to give free 
shows. 

AGVA. here Is also readying to 
close contracts with Colosimo's arid 
Harry's New Yorker. 



SUES-XHANDRA-KALY 
~'" J FOR C0MHISH 



. Miami, Feb. 4. 

Charges that he has never re- 
ceived a promised 25% of the re- 
ported $22,527 earned by the Ch.an- 
dra-Kaly dancers, in a series of en- 
gagements, including two recent ap- 
pearances iri Miami, were outlined 
in a damage suit filed: iri .For t 
Lauderdale by Albert Bouche, op- 
erator of Villa Venice. . 1 . 

Bouche claiiris that the. act re- 
ceived $1,350 for two -weeks at Ben 
Marden's Colonial Inn, just across 
the Broward county line, and $3,160' 
for 13 weeks at his theatre . restau-. 
rant in. New Jersey, arid that he 
should have received 25% commis- 
sion called for ' a contract ■■ in 
which he- posted; an immigration 
bond and acted as their manager. 
The troupe came here frorii Paris 
in September, 1939. 
v Chandra-Kaly's givCh. ' name is 
listed in 1 the. bill as ..'"Paul. Marie 
Sergfe Guercy, and two femme part- 
ners as. Madeleine Jeanne Po.rteriier 
and Odette Marguerite 'Chevalier. ■ 



' ■ Fred. Hillebrand Has planted, .four 
numbers with. BMI;. 'Window Wish-., 
ing on Fjfth Ave.,* 'My PrayerslWere 
Answered,' 'Broken Hearted' arid 
'We Go Together.' He wrote the 
words and music for alL • 




Biz Machines Head, Puts Up $70,000 



Vander Hnrt, Wants 50G 



Los Angeles, Feb.. 4. 
. Eddie Medley (and Dupree), filed 
suit for $50,000 against the Yost thea- 
tre, Santa Apa, CaL, claiming he was 
struclr by ; a counterweight backstage 
arid deprived of a[ seasori's: work. . 

Defendants are .'Louis and: Anfa 
Kaplan,' owners of the theatre, and 
Louis i^lein, manager, . 








Henry Jaffe has resigned . a*, coun- 
sel for the American Guild of Vari-.- 
ety. Artists, on the . basis that the. 
huge amount of. AGVA routine blat- 
ters Interferes with his other law 
practice. Jaffe Is counsel for . the 
American Federation of Radio Art- 
ists and the American Guild of Mu- 
sical- Artists,' like AGVA affiliated 
with the Associated Actors and Art- 
istes of America. '. 
. In his resignation to -the new ex- 
ecutive committee, of AGVA, Jaffe 
stated that he would act as counsel 
for the variety actors' union In any 
-Important matters ; that come up in 
the future, but wanted to be relieved 
of the routine riiatters, This was 
accepted.' Mildred Roth, who was 
formerly a cierk r ln the office of Paul 
Turner,. Equity's counsel, continues 
as AGVA's office, lawyer and will 
handle, the routine work. In the 
future she'll refer to Turner, who is 
on the executive committee of 
AGVA, instead of Jaffe. 

In the past week, the executive 
committee is said to. have cleaned 
up all the matters that had accumu- 
lated the, past few', months, it's now 
expected that the body, composed of 
AGVA . and. Four A'i reps, will act 
on a reorganization of AGVA, 
. AGVA last week also won its first 
victory for an actor Iri an arbitra- 
tion by the Joint Standing Commit- 
tee composed of Artists Representa- 
tives Assn. reps and AGVA ap- 
pointees. Joe Roth, a performer, 
won a verdict over Lew Weiss, ABA 
agent, in his complaint that he had 
been summarily cancelled after play- 
ing two. days of a two-week book- 
ing at the Chez Maurice, Montreal. 
Weiss, who booked Roth, was or- 
dered to pay Roth the balance of 
two weeks' salary, less commissions. 



Mpls. Bbe-Nose Draws 
1-Yr. Prison Sentence 



Minneapolis, Feb. 4. 
Instead of receiving probation, as 
anticipated, the . Rev. H. J. Soltau, 
vice crusading pastor and head of the 
Law Enforcement League, responsi- 
ble for the clamping down of ah air- 
tight lid' here, and in other Minne- 
sota communities, was sentenced to- 
one year in Stillwater prison for per- 
jury in connection with his activities. 
He was granted a 40 : day stay to per- 
mit a motion for a -new trial. 

Prosecutor W. G. Compton, who 
previously had., said he. would rec- 
ommend leniency, made no recom- 
mendation to the courti Instead, he 
read a statement into the record re- 
garding 'misstatements of facts and 
slanderous references to the court 
by two persons in this community.' 
The two persons referred to were 
Other ministers who have .blasted 
away at the authorities, the court 
arid 'organized vice' here from their 
pulpits arid in the newspapers. .' 

.Seyeral of the Jley. Soltau's In- 
vestigators have been involved in 
extortion charges arid more indict- 
ments are pending against the, Rev. 
Soltau himself. ' . 1 



Satchihouth to Oriental 

Chicago, Feb. 4. 
V Louis Armstrong's orch has been 
set as the hcadliher at the Oriental 
for week of Feb. 14. 
: Joe Glaser was in town last week 
to set the deal, 



. Plans for the entertainment of men, 
iri training for the arriiy. are steadily 
progressing, , persons ! mostly ,> con- 
cerned with* the movement . being 
civilians. As it is anticipated there 
will be; 140 cariips, iyith ; an averagar 
of .30,000. men under arms in each, , 
entertainment will become an im- 
portant factor . .Indicated now that 
4he type of diversion, wiil be varied, 
at many points. 

Mbst. active; is a committee led by 
Thomas Watson, head of - Interna- 
tional Business Machines. He is. said 
to. have , already advanced $70,0,00, 
some of .which is being used in build- 
ing a recreation hajl aind . theatre, in '. 
a Southerri; camp. It is expected that 
Watson, will . be,, reimbursed by . the 
Government.. Mrs/ Junius Morgan la 
leader Of a sub-committee which has 
to do with the shows to be presented. 
. Understood that while no : money 
has been ear-marked by Washington 
for trainee entertainment, such , ac- 
tivity, will coirie under the morale 
departirienf. Latter will operate with, 
those in charge of routing shows to- 
the various camps. • Known that a 
number of professionals are applying 
for berths as morale officers. Such 
.assignments call for the rank and 
pay of an army captain.. . . . ■ 
■ • Appointments of directors to camps 
are also . being madei . Such directors 
will not be coriflried to staging shows 
in which trainees appear, but if pos- . 
sible. are to have charge of other 
diversions for the" men.- Based on 
opinions of Camp shows presented 
during the first world' war; certain 
types of bills will be avoided. 
Vaudeville shows are favored. .. 

While directors will handle shows 
with trainees in the camps, there is" a 
difference of opinion about profes- 
sional shows which, are; to be booked 
in. Committee people are discussing: 
whether It is better for such shows 
to play on the camp, grounds; or in 
nearby , Villages. Those- favoring the . 
latter idea figure that a goodly , per- 
centage of the men will . prefer to 
leave the grounds and, if shows are 
offered, in the towns, such trainees 
would be diverted from, taverns arid, 
dance halls for at least part of the 
time. ' 

Robert E, Sherwood was appointed 
to handle the. drama division, and 
despite his many activities, including 
the work on the Committee to De- 
fend America, went to Camp Dix, 
N J., for a conference with officers 
in charge. He was taken ill end re- 
turned home with influenza. ': 



THEATRE OPS' CO-OP 
VAUDE BOOKING ASS'N 



New cooperative vaude booking 
venture by a number of independent 
theatre owners was chartered In A^ 
bany last week. . It's to be at nont 
profit membership organization and 
will be known as the National The- 
atre Owners Assn., Ine. 

Activities in booking, acts will not 
be limited to New York, but extend 
•11 over the country, Walter. M. Sol* 
omon, attorney for the group, de* 
clared Monday (3). He said the or*, 
ganizatibn will also handle publicity, 
: Solomon refused, to name the 
principals for a week or so' or give 
any further Info on NTOA's aims. 



Carfisle Leayes Bowery, 
Del, After 31 Years 



. Detroit, Feb. 4. 

After hanging , iip something of 
an endurance record as an m.c. at 
the Bowery , here, huge Hamtramck 
nitery which goes the yeaft around, 
Charlie Carlisle, pulled out on Feb. 
2. He had worked in .the $pot for 
three -arid a half years. 

He' opens at Harry's New York 
Bar, Chicago, Thursday (6). 



Eve Turner With Merriel Abbott 

Chicago, Feb. 4. 
: Eve Turner has become associated 
with Merriel Abbott, talent booker 
and producer for the Empire Room, 
Palmer House. 

Miss Turner will be club hooker 
out of the Merriel Abbott office and 
Wi'll have exclusive right to handle 
the Abbott Line for club appear- 
ances. 



52 VAUDEVILLE 



P&RiETY 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 




By William Kerry Halligan 

: ." • ' Hollywood, Feb:4; 

I have Just spent $3.50 and the best part of two lonely nifihts wadintJ 
through a tome labeled: 'American. VaUdeyille-T-lts Life and Tiniest. It is 
well padded with -stock stories of Lillian Russell; Sarah; Bernhardt and 
Will Hodge. Mr. Douglas Gilbert, must have used up a lot of energy, dig-, 
ghig up data oh the hey-dey of the two-a-day. . If he didn't get down to. 
the heart of variety it's because he .^idh't know/ anything- abq^t it, ■ 



not here today to show some of the screen and radio comics what a real 
c omedian looks Jjk.e^. ,, ME 

Then there was Tom Nawn in 'Pat and the Genie,' Foy and Clark In 'The. 
Spring of Life,' WiUard Simms in .'The Paper Hanger/ Clark and. Hamil- 
ton,- Louis Simons in. 'The : New Coachman,' Ed Hayes in 'The Piano Mov- 
ers,' Roger Irimbft (Imhoff f Conn and Cqrjnne), Bert Baker; Lewis Mc- 
Cord and Co. in the first bare stage act T ever saw; Willard and Murphy 
in a. 'School of. Acting,* Claude, and Fanny Usher, Sidney Dean in ,'Xmas 
on Blackwells island'. Stay after school, Mr. Gilbert.: , 

What about .the ; Great Pauline, Botany's Lunatic Bakers, Will H. Fox 
in the first- comedy piano act, 'The Pianophiends' (Miss Hildegarde came 
out of that one), Mike Bernard,. Billy Taylor, and Melville 1 Ellis and Charley 
Olcott. .He played the piano also. 

. Can you write a book of vaudeville . and leave out the. greatest coin 
I manipulator who ever lived— Mr. Nelson T. Downs — or the wizardry , of 



« ..v->v ......j - - - . Nate Leipzig, or the never-to-be-forgotten Ching Ling Foo troupe? 

However, you don't have . to know; a subiecV Qpera Stars 



ing Mr. Gilbert? ) I remember a book- called. The Great- Mouthpiece'. It 
was an episodic biography of Bill Fallon,, the. New York .criminal lawyer. 
Gene Fowler Was- the author,. Fowler baU/neverVniet Fallon,. ..As a matter-, 
of fact Fallon was dead when the: book; vyas written . (but Gene dug up a: 
lot of gags and the book was a big" success).; Very, few people know about 
'Trumpet In the Dust' and 'Shoe the Wild Mare,' two great books by the 
same author, ; FoWler . crashed Hollywood, on the strength of The Great 

Mouthpiece'. ■■" - ' / '. . ..'■•'-■■'■'■' : . '. . , . - 

What I mean to .say is that you do not have to know a subject in order 
to write a. book about it. One of the greatest war stories ever written. 
The Red Badge of Gouf age/; Was the work of Stephen Crane, who never 
saw a battle iji his life. 

I wish I had had the chance to talk to Mr. Gilbert before he wrote the 
vaudeville book because I feel, that he has overlooked a lot of great per-' 
formers who deserve a place. in the two-a-day tablet ;oi achievement. Just 
for the record I want to mention a few whom Mr. Gilbert overlooked. 

Let's start off with the one-act plays. They ..were better known as 
sketches. One of the. best I ever saw was 'Massa Covington/ by George 
Ade, played by the great minstrel, George Thatcher. Another one played 
by William Farnum bailed 'The Mallet's . Masterpiece/ by Edward Peple 
(author of 'The' Squaw Mart'). - The old: timers will all remember Bertha 
Kalich in 'The : Light of St. Agnes' and Ethel . Barrymore in The Five 
Pound Look/ a classic, by Sir James Barrie. Rernember Edmund Hawley.iri 
The Bandit/ Julius Steger in' the 'Fifth Commandment/ Arnold Daly ..in 
8. Jay Kaufman's. 'Kisses/ and a great one-acter with William H. Thomp 
son and Tom Ince? Then there was The Valiant/ with Bert Lytell, and 
Belasco's 'Drums of Oiide'. To write of vaudeville and omit these great 
dramatic moments ia rank heresy. ; 

In my day the team of Smith and Campbell were considered the great 
est two-man talking act in vaudeville. They, are not in the book, nor are 
the McNaughtons, Clark and Verdi, Matthews and Ashley, Hoey and Lee, 
Haynes and Vidoq, Cameron and- .Flanigan,. Ford West and Foster Ball, 
Aveling and Lloyd, or Rockwell and Fox— all sock two-men acts. . 

Greatest Singing Single 

Why overlook the greatest singing single I ever . 6a wT Who? Why Mrs. 
Marvin Gurable herself, better known as Clarice Vance. And why not 
mention Edna Aug, Lillian Shaw, Elizabeth Murray, Emma Carus, ^ Joseph : 
lne Sable, Helena Mora, Irhogene Comer, Clarice Ma'yne, • Stella Mayhew, 
Bessie Wynri and a gal. named Effie Fay, The Belle of Avenue. A'. These 
ladies all deserve a spot in the vaudeville Hall, of Fame. And what about 
Grace' LaRue? .: 

I recall a great male impersonator, Miss Johnstone Bennett, In a little 
offering called 'Quiet Evening: at Home'. She was merely a sensation. 
And a female impersonator named Harry LeCross, who used to sing about 
Those Amateurs Making Him Sick'. . 

Mr. Gilbert doesn't go back to the days, of Hall's Casino in Chicago where 
I saw Banks Winters and Billy Van, two of the best exponents of burnt 
cork I!. 'ever '-saw!' Neither does he .seem to remember another Chicago 
music hall called W..S. Cleveland's. . It was there I saw for the first time 
Mable Kite and Walter Jones, and Carter DeHaven and Flora Parker. 
Cleveland opened. the place as -'a- stock company later and had. Jack Barry- 
more for a leading man. I hate to blame Mr. Gilbert for forgetting, the 
Nichols sisters, the Elinore sisters/-. Cameron sisters, Irwin sisters and 
Dolly sisters with Harry Richman at the piano, and that's not so long ago 
at that. 

The Great Single Men 

What about the old-time single men. Pardon me while I get my beard 
out of the portable. " Did you ever hear of Frank Fogarty, James Richmond 
Glenroy (the Man With, the Green Gloves), George Beban, Walter Brower, 
m Harry Breen, Bert Levy, Albert Whalen, Tascott, George Austin Moore, 
" Willie Weston, Bobby North, Henry Lewis, Lew Hawkins, Harry Thomp- 
son (the Mayor of the Bowery), Clifton Crawford, Jimmy Hussey, Jack 
Rose, Britt Wood and Al Herman— all smash next to closing acts indeed. 

What about the married couples ignored in the book: Mr. and Mrs. Per- 
kins. Fischer, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Crane, Mr. and Mrs. Genie Hughes, 
and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Barry. Standard two-a-dayers, all of them. 

Can we ever forget our dancers? . Ryan and. Lee, Boyle and Brazil, 
Miller and Mack, Doyle and Dixon, the Four Fords, and Ida May Chad- 
wick. And what about Dick Lynch, Barney Fagan, McKay and Cantwell, 
and Milt Wood? Yeah, what about them? They were tops. 

Top Comedy Acts 

We had a lot of great comedy acts in the old days. Too bad they are 



What about the. opera stars, first found on ..a variety, stage? iOrville 
Harold, borbthy. -'. jargon;.. ..ihe\Ponseiie'°' sisters?. . Yes,, and Martin Beck 
turned /down, a gal named GaUi.Curci, who; tried out for him one cold 
moihirfg on the Palace stage. 

Then the mind-reading acts, Harry Kahanne, Mercedes, the Sharrocks, 
and the lightning calculator Fujiyama, Do you recall the great protean 
actor Henri DuVries, and the quick change artist Hymack, and of all 
people. Owen McGiveney? Last, but not least, Cole and Johnson,- Ernest 
Hogan ('On Emancipation Day'), Jones, Grant and Jones, and Alda Over- 
ton Walker. Dodson .wasn't bad, and- the Kemps were a smash. Let's hot 
forget the Dillon brothers, the Mueller brothers, McCue and CahiU, and 
Joe Maxwell with the illustrated songs. 

Acrobats and Balancers • • " 
. Then the acrobats and balancers: Caron and Herbert, the Wartenberg 
brothers/the Flying Martins, Willie .Panzer, Welch Mealey and Montrose, 
the Bellclaire brothers, Mosher, Hayes and Mosher on the bikes, the 
Mo watts and their hoops. 

. . There is just one line, in the book about the Friars; the greatest rendez- 
vous for cutting up touches vaudeville eyer knew, and Shanley and Furnes, 
the 50-50 combination on the' Coast. They 'should be in'. . And of all names 
forgotten, Joe Woods should be the first to be remembered. \He made, the 
small time around New' York until Keith and Beck took, it away and dele- 
gated Dan Hennessy to .watch over the finishing school for the greatest 
talent ever to appear in any man's theatre. 

I have probably forgotten a lot of great acts/ but I am writing from 
memory and memory is a tricky thing at best. If I go much further I will 
be writing a book and . that's something I will never d<L Everybody is 
| writing a- book.- ■ ,- ' ; 



Benefit for British 



;C6ntlnued from page 2; 



Reviews 



^Continued from page 50; 



SCREWBALLS OF 1941 



tribute 'screws/ The show may be 
overboard on trick musical stuff, but 
it makes up for that on the comedy. 

Actually, there isn't any good mu- 
sic and there's no singing... However, 
the line of 10 . Eve Ross girls, leaves 
nothing td be desired in the way of 
looks, youth, costumes and routines. 
The gals. 'do a neat job and could 
even be spotted rnore. freqehtly in 
the big show to good advantage, The. 
finale with .the .entire' company of . 
30 is. effective and .leaves, the cuji 
tomer feeling, he's witnessed a pro- - 
ductiori. . Afoorhead. 

STUDIO SCANDALS 

; (BROADWAY, CHARLOTTE) 

Charlotte, N. C;,Jan> Ui; 
Edison and Louise, Three Yoiimdn . 
Bros;, Evelyn Willard and Babi '. 
Flannery, Six DeCardos; Three Lim-~ 
berettes, Radio Jesters; Bob. Moor* 
Band (5) , Mitzi Bruggen's . Lucky. 
Girls (8); 'Mexican Spitfire Out 
Wesf (RKO). 



The THEATRE of the STARS 




ner, Edna Best. ; nd other English 
performers .. were . promient partici- 
-pants. Coward, who virtually di- 
rected the, whole show, made a stir- 
ring address in which he said that 
appearance of the English actors was 
small repayment for what America 
had done for Britain, in the past, es- 
pecially the kind treatment of Brit- 
ish performers in the U. S. 

There will he a. drive fo - member- 
ship in the . Theatre Wing; which in 
the past year had been centering its 
efforts on making clothes and gar- 
ments for civilian sufferers over 
there. . Relief efforts will be much 
more extended. . During the first 
World War the Stage Women War 
Relief raised $7,000,000 in . aid of Al- 
lies. 

Gilbert Miller Heads It 

The Wing expanded some months 
ago when a showmen's division was 
added. Gilbert Miller is chairman of 
the executive board, committee con- 
sisting of Brooks . Atkinson, Eddie 
Dowling, Vinton Freedley, Sam H. 
Harris, George S. Kaufman, Ray- 
mond Massey, . Brock Pembertoh, 
Max Gordon, Arthur Richman, Lee 
Shubert, B..G. DeSylva, Walter Vin- 
cent and John C. Wilson. Officers 
of the women's division of the. Wing 
are Rachel brothers,- Miss Lawrence, 
Helen Hayes, Vera Allen, Antoi- 
nette Perry^ Mildred Morris and 
Josephine HulL 

Wing has moved Its headquarters 
from Rockefeller Plaza to 730 Fifth 
avenue, where the British War Re- 
lief Society is located. The Wing 
lists the following ahievements thus 
far: 2,000 members enrolled; 35,000 
garments made; 415 cases of supplies; 
four ambulances; four rolling can- 
teens; 4,000 pounds of coffee, $4,000 
to Lord Mayor's' fund; $1,714 for 
children's shelters; $1,500 for blank- 
ets; $1,158 for powdered milk; $1,- 
100 for . children's cots; $1,300 for. 
hospital bed equipment; $1,000 for 
British Actors; orphanage fund. 

jyirig has made , an appeal to all 
actor-artist union members to par- 
ticipate either with donations,' mem- 
bership or 'duty in the workrooms. 

Aniaes' Personals 

Australian theatrical personalities 
hi Ne\*^"York will make, their first 
appearance tomorrow (Thursday ) on 
.'Friendship Bridge/ the AhglorBrit- 
. lsh . : series ■ aired in the U. S. by 
•W MCA, New York, and short-waved 
internationally by. WRUL, . Boston. 
Marjbrie - Lawrence, Metropolitan 
Opera prima donna, will- top the 
all-Ansac show, which will include' 
the first public performance of a new 
Song, Thumbs Up/ composed by 
Dorothy Stewart, U. S. representa- 
tive of Australian-New . Zealand 
Theatres. 

. Besides Misses - Lawrence and 
Stewart, the cast will include John 
Dudley, Met tenor; Robert Chisholm, 
musical comedy . baritone; Wilson 
^wart, radio baritone;- Nola Luxford, 
actress; Winifred Muir, and Sir 
Clutha MacKenzie;, Ne.W; Zealander 



blinded in the last war. Elsie Mackie 
will read 1 her original poem, To Hit- 
ler's Ghost.' Miss Stewart's anthem, 
'God Bless Australia/ will also be 
sung on the show; which is aimed 
for those in London's air raid shel- 
ters and for the Ansae troops in 
Africa. 



tolly Parsons 

—Continued from page 1^ 



construed as tantamount to an eva- 
sion of this rule and is to be treated 
as a violation of the rule. American 
Federation of Radio Artists national 
board has adopted a resolution en- 
dorsing the Guild's position on the 
'free talent' issue, and at its meet- 
ing tomorrow (Thursday) will adopt 
a similar regulation. . 

Guild stated that it intends to en- 
force its rule No. 6 and has- advised 
all members whose contracts do not 
require free performances to refuse 
to appear on commercial programs 
of. the proposed Parsons type. Even 
in case of contracts requiring free 
radio performances, the Guild be- 
lieves) the . actor should vigorously 
protest against appearing on spon- 
sored 'free talent' shows. Following, 
in part, is a letter on the subject 
which has been sent to all SAG 
members: 

'Question, of 'free talent' radio 
shows has again become an im- 
portant issue to screen and radio ac- 
tors. A widely-kno wn columnist 
has approached the Guild seeking 
approval of plan for new radio pro- 
gram on which the columnist would 
provide screen actors. Program 
would be spbnsored commercially 
for profit. The Guild board has re- 
fused to approve this program and 
it instructs its members to refuse to 
appear, unless such refusal jeopard- 
izes their contractual relationships 
with their employing producers. 

'While the columnist conducting 
this program plans to make ' some 
payment to the actors for their -ser- 
vices (at least the AFRA minimum), 
the. payment would be far below the 
usual standard of compensation for: 
these actors. Further, . the total 
amount paid by the sponsor for the 
program probably- would fee far less 
than the usual value of the actors 
appearing oh the program. On such 
programs it would be possible, for 
example, to pay the columnist $1,500 
a week for providing actors, whose 
services are worth $10,000 a week. 
Such': : situation' Js far different- from 
the Gulf-Screen Guild , radio show. 
This commercial production pays 
$10,000 a* week for actors' talent, 
maintaining wage scales. Actors, at 
their own volition, ' donate this 
amount to the Motion Picture Relief 
Fund. ' .•■' ', 

'If one Columnist succeeds in pre- 
senting a 'free talent* show, other 
columnists certainly will expect the 
same consideration from actors. Such 
practice depresses , standard - of pay 
for actors appearing In radio.* 



. 'Studio: Scandals/ a well-rounded ; 
unit of standard acts, is. one of best 
troupes to show locally this season. 

Group opens at a fast p^ace. which 
it maintains most of the way. . ; De- 
Cardos, acrobatic act, start? it . off 
with clfev.er and fast-moving routine, 
hopping in and out of. barrels. At 
one point the stage and air literally 
is , full of figures catapulting and 
somersaulting into barrels with ex- 
pert precision. \One of best acts of 
its type ever caught here. 

Followed by the Radio Jesters, im- 
personators, who ' blow hot and cold. 
Although act is. presented with 
showmanship and much humor, some . 
of the impersonations miss fire. Im- 
personations include F.D.R:, Amos 'n' 
Andy, Hitler, Mussolini and Charles' 
Laughton. 

Edison and Louise, yaude vets, are 
pleasing in a standard comedy turn : 
featuring Playboy, pooch. Highlight 
is a 'Jumpin' Jive' number featuring 
the wirehair. Comedy is so-so. The 
Three Youman Bros. step. down from 
the band to wow the audience with 
their band takeoffs and-jivitatioris in . 
their own right. The combo includes 
clarinet, accordion and violin. They 
impersonate Artie Shaw, Wayne 
King, Kay Kyser and others. Thi 
is solid, presented with lots of show- 
manship and made big hit with this 
house. 

Evelyn Willard and Babs Flannery, 
two nifty lookers, score nicely in 
dancing turn, the . former doing an 
acrobatic terp and the latter a toe 
tap. The girls appear later among 
the Three Limberettes in an. im- 
pressive and artistically executed 
Indian dance. 

Mitzi Bruggen's Lucky Girls (8) 
are by far the best line to appear 
here this season. Girls, all strong 
on looks, performed with neat timing 
and exceptional grace in three stand- 
ard apiWrances. They, close the 
show with, a patriotic tap, in mili- 
tary costumes. The band, playing 
from stage, backs up show nicely 
and is . above average to appear here. 
Good biz on all shows. Just. 



'ICE FOLLIES' DRAWS 
BIG $70,000 IN MONTI 



Montreal, Feb. 4. 

•Ice Follies of 1941/ here for four 
days and one matinee, Jan, 30-Feb. 
2, played to turhaway biz each of 
the. four nights at. $2.85 top. Forum 
seats 9,600, with standees raising ca- 
pacity to. lliOOO. 

Gross ran to estimated $70,000. 



NOTICE TO GOOD ACTS 

FOR THE BEST AND MOST 
WORK ON THE PACIFIC 
COAST 
WRITE or WIRE 

JOE DANIELS 

^ W Orphaffhi Bldgv 
SEATTLE, WASH. 



ED BREGKENRIDGE 

—formerly, manager Incubator 
Babies, G.G.I.E., please . get in 
touch with Mr. E. J. Milfe,r, for- 
merly of Revenue Control* Want 
to discuss .your project out- 
lined, in April. 301 Golden Gate 
Avi, 8ah f ranciaco. 



DUFFINS 



Now DanclDg at 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 




PLANS EQUAL 





. Albany, Feb.: 4. 
Assemblyman .Daniel L. Burrows, 

.Jfegro, '^representing ' the 19th Dis e - 

' trict .of New York County, has . In- 
troduced,; arid plans to. push vigor- 
ously for acttpn on, a bill amending 
the penal law to require that places 
Of accommodation, arnusement or re- 
tort of for the sale Of food, bever- 
ages, etc., thereon; make available 
to all persons full and equal accom-' 

: modations, advantages and privil- 
efjesii subject to condtions. applicable 
alike to ; all persons. Failure to do 
jo would be .punishable by. suspen- 
sion, or revocation, of- license, after 
proof had /been presented before li- 
censing authority. . A person who 
either, of his own account or sis an 
agent,, officer or employee of any 
corporation or Individual violates 

: the law would.be guilty of a mis- 
demeanor punishable by fine of 
not less than $50 and riot more than 
|500. • . V; 

Measure would become effective 
Sept. 1. .'■' ; ■. /'... 

Philly Dancer Asks $5,000 
For Nude Pix Dlisrepping' 
Borley Stripper's Booking 

Philadelphia, Feb. 4. 

Sandra Lydell, local dancer, . filed 

suit in Common Pleas court here 

Friday (31) asking $5,000 . damages, 

from the Fay's theatre for allegedly 

using pictures of her liri the nude to 
advertise the appearance of tassle- 
dancer; Reggie White. 

, Miss Lydell said She was sent by 
her agent to the Fay's last March 
and was interviewed by Sid Stanley, 
Fay's manager. He offered her a 
job on the spot but she had to turn 
the engagement down because she 
was booked, elsewhere at the mom- 
ent. Stanley then asked her to 
leave eight photographs 'in the nude-: 
and . semi nude,' she said, promising 
to return them if she didn't, go to 
work at .the thtatre. 

. Miss Lydell claims that copies of 
the pictures of her in the altogether 

. were projected from the Fay's screen 
during the week of last Dec. 2($ to 
advertise the appearance of Tassle- 
dahcer White the following sesh. The 
5 G's, she asks, she said, would pay 
for the Injury to her professional 
reputation as a dancer; for 4 embar- 
rasment and great humiliation' 

- caused her. 

Judge James C. Cruml.ish issued a 
temporary injunction restraining the 
defendants .from 'copying, transcrib- 
ing or using in any manner* the 
photos until Friday (7), when the 
court, will review the case. 

Named as defendants with Stanley 
are Eddie Sherman,, booker , and 
president of the Sena Amusement 
Co., operatox of Fay's; Sam Stierfel, 
secretary, and. Allen Heldcraft, treas- 

'• urer. •' 



Pakibty 



VAUDEVILLE 



53 



G. B. Shaw Burns 



-Continued from page l; 



Js the fear that the short will kick 
back and do the cause of Britain in 
this country much more harm .than 
good, Shaw, in the picture, speaks 
right to the audience and suggests 
that American boys helped England 
dig. its way successfully out of the 
last war and . should do the same 
thing now. It's by far the most di- 
rect hint that's' come out of Britain;, 
asking for American manpower. 
. UA execs and Pascal's reps in this. v 
country have been pondering, arid 
worrying about the briefle ever since 
Its arrival. They have; ■. had. inr 
numerable. American laymen; ; riews- 
paperrhen, and film men in to look 
at it and give an opinion. Consensus 
pretty weTTwas that England would 
be better off wer.e it withheld— at 
least at- this time; - V 

; Pascal thinks differently arid was 
vehement on. the subject yestei'day- 
(Tuesday ). He said he. was 'greatly 
offended' that' the words of - 'the 
world's greatest thinker' \ .being' 
kep"t'vfrqm: America* ■'."' Film . was 
okayed by ; the British Information 
division, the British War Dept. and 
all manner of officialdom, Pascal 
said, ;who must have been pretty sure 
they were right before "they let any- 
thing like that come. to.the^U. S. 
. Eight-minute pic. was. tossed off 
extemporaneously. *by Shaw while 
Pascal was filming his 'Major Bar- 
bara' at Denham studios outside of 
London.;; . ; • •;* •..-.'• V ..''.' 

Pascal ■■ brought a -print of 'Barbara* 
with him on the boat from Lisbon. 
It will be released in .the U. S. in 
about two months. . It was. completed 
about Dec. 1, but transportation dif- 
ficulties made It Impossible ■' for. 
Pascal to get -here sooner, the pro- 
ducer asserted. While awaiting to 
get out of London,.. he prepared ari 
American version Jn accordance with 
suggestions on : the script from the 
Hays office. ' 



John Bored 

jContlnued from page 3; 



pore and by boat to the west coast. 
A Lithuanian by birth, he is wanted 
by the Russian military now in con- 
trol there, by the Nazis because of 
films he shot in ; Poland— hence the 
'ho country' tag. . '■' 

While military experts were try- 
ing- to decide if Hitler's supposed 
Polish invasion was a bluff or the 
real thing; Dored packed his camera 
equipment and hopped to Warsaw. 
Result was that his. films were the 
first back to the U. S. on the German 
invasion arid . sacking of : Warsaw. 
Par's camera expert had laid his 
plans so well Paramount was able to 
tjet the clips to Nl Y. a full week 
ahead of rival reels. Dored also: 
was on hand . to record the Russian 
sweep inito Latvia and. Lithuania 
and captured the films on Stalin's 
drive into Finland. He escaped from 
the country only a few hours ahead 
of the invading army when it.tri- 
umnhed over the' Finns.. 

In the Spanish civil war Franco's 
forces captured the Par cameraman 
and jailed him at Seville. Loyalist 
guards caught at the sarrie time met 
instant death but after two months' 
in a . riiilitary .prison cell. Arthur 
Menken, another Paramount war 
correspondent, and H. R. Knicker- 
bocker, Hearst correspondent;, inter- 
ceded with the American consul to 
gain his release. 



Saranac Lake 

•'. By Happy Benway "• 

Saranac Lake, Feb. 4. .'■;■' 
Out-of-town comebacks who are 
doing ,oke: Nate C. BPltoh, formerly 
of the.; musical' ; act of.' Massey and 
Bolton, is topping good reports in 
Amarillo, Tex., and: wants to hear 
from frieri^s. Address him at 1210 
ilth street in that town; Paul Welch,; 
who made the grade here, . is now at 
the East Gate i Hotel,' Chicago. Tommy 
Abbott, , ex N.V.A.-ite, selling' eggs 
arid chickens iii Boston. Ford Ray- 
mond issapping up a mess of, sun in 
Los Angeles after . lO^years; up here." 
Fred Dion, who spent four years, in 
bed here, is now leading his- own 
orph in Fall - River, Mass. Jarnes 
Paul, . exr'yaudeville single, is now 
running, a newsstand in'. Atlanta, Ga. 
Henry /Hank ) Hearn, isnpw ending 
his ; . second, successful ; year with 
United Artists -.'in- Charlpttei N. C. 
William Headley served five years 
here and is now a nitery manager 
in Scranton„ Pa;.. Eddie Ross (Four 
Carlton Boys), who mastered three, 
major operations here, is doing 
riiighty.'w.ell with "his. N.;V..eat shop.. 
Joseph Vaughey, ' ex-Shubert. p.a.; 
manager !df a. Denver . department 
store. ... 

Between '. her' famous character 
sketches Cornelia Otis Skinner took 
time out to ogle arid mitt the pzbri- 
irig gang of the Colony and hello-ed 
John Eaton, who worked with the 
late Otis Skinner. . 

.Thanks to Bryce . Lavigri , and his 
orchestra for donating vhis. time and 
men toward the we^are of the v Ac*' 
tors Colony, the Aid-to-British-Party 
and .ditto to President Roosevelt's 
Birthday Ball. 

. . Among those who wanted . to get 
well and did get well . during the 
past two years are Joe Dabrowski; 
Edith Lemlichj Murray- Friedman, 
Myra Fox Willing, Vera Hanlon, 
Melvin Fox, Eddie Ross, Elmina Ful- 
ler, Lillian Kohler, Lilly Davidson, 
Rose Clark, Buddy Errimett, Jules Z. 
Willing, Garry L. Sitgreaves, Joe 
Parker, Taddy Bodwell, Fred Schra- 
der,. Milton Reich, Sylvia Abbott, 
Butch Wilbur, Jamie. Grandi, Marie 
Bianchi, Helen Morrisey, Teddy 
Stewart', Peggy McCarthy, Paul 
Welch,' Henry Hearn, Cliff Heather, 
Marie Froom, Jack D'Agostino, Fred 
Esslinger, Kitty Horan, Maxine Mil- 
ler, Biria West Rogers, Herbert Carl- 
son, John Edwards, Minna Morse, 
Michael Schultz, (Henry Wunsch, Roy 
Nunley, Alfred B'oerner and Joseph 
McCarty. • • 

The passing of Dan Foster, local 
postmaster, has cast a cloud over the. 
Colony. He was for years a local 
amateur .show producer, rnusician 
and one of the first citizens that pro- 
moted the development of this Ac- 
tors Colony in 19J 7. 

Pat Spears, who used to cater to 
the ailing artist, limping, around 
with a crutch. Horse stepped on his 
foot. . 

Patricia Wallace high-balled tb the 
French hospital, N. Y., for an o;6. 
Twp.year oioner has made -nifty 
progress up here. 

Charles Rose, assistant manager to 
George Abbott, here o.o.ing Anna 
Mae Tesslow, who was in 'Too Many 
Girls.' 

Dick Tyler, who once did a top 
roller skating act, is here getting an 
o.o. Living at 27 Main street. 

Write to those who are ill. 




Jack Parr, agent, filed suit Friday 
(31) In the N.Y. federal court, against 
Sally Keith, dancer, seeking' dam- 
ages of .$12,600 for; alleged breach of 
a managerial contract, commissions 
due arid monies loaned. .. Parr Claims 
to have coached, advised and . pro- 
moted, the dancer, for the past three 
years arid to have signed a five-year 
managerial contfcsct With her April 1. 
1940' at. 15%. of her iriebme. '. 

■ Since April 1 she has earned $8,- 
000, it is. claimed, . leaving $1,200 due 
in commissions, .. She breached' the 
agreement recently arid $6,000 is 
sought as commissions which ■ would 
have been.;., earned.' Lastly, it. is. 
claimed by Parr that he loaned her 
$5,400 froin .April; 1937, to Jan, 1, 
1941, for costumes; exploitation arid 
living expenses which has not been 
returned. 




NEW YORK'S NEW ACE COMEDIAN 





•; '; NOW IN SECOND MONTH 
LEON & EDDIE'S, NE W YORK 

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Wkle iHftiU, ex-Clnb 18, emerBe* a* a farlle <*fe-i*>»«4«r. .g«-evMe4«>«4; by; 
M* work at L«6n ft Kddle'n. N, Y. 

THE BILLBOARD, Jan. 11, 1941, PoMibilitiet fbr Lettit— Mu«ical: 

TACKIB G^BASON-^younK emBee-coinnlidn now . Leon * Bddle's. ' Ve.\y 
Vprk nlte^club. aft«r a long run at t'h'a r\**r*y Club it. Hai been working, 
night apota and vaufle around New Yavk fttr the pset feff ytari. and U now 
coming Into hla-, own, developing into a conflrtenl. faet, aggremtlva. 
likable comedian . . . aurpripilng reniiUa . . . ▼«'>• fanny. 

Pergonal Mgt: FRED LAMB, .. / Lasit: HAR^V BESTRY 



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FISCHER TO SURVEYS. A. 
PRIOR TO 'F0UES' TOUR 



. Philadelphia, • Feb. 4. 

The American Guild of Variety 
Artists' Philly local got another lift 
Sunday (2) when the Entertainment 
Managers Assn., . representing virtur 
ally all the bookers, officially grant- 
ed the union recognition. At a meet- 
ing at the Walton hotel, the per- 
centers passed a resolution prom- 
ising 'cooperation' with. . AGVA in 
dealing with performers. 

EMA's action , was a bitter blow 
to Thomas E. Kelly, biz agent for 
the United Entertainers Assn., indie 
actors' union which had been fight- 
ing^ AGVA for recognition in the 
variety field. Kelly had recently sent 
out. a nationwide appeal for per- 
formers to set up an independent 
union, devoid of ties with the Asso- 
ciated Actors & Artistes of America'. 

Three weeks ago Richard Mayo,, 
recently appointed • local exec for 
AGVA signed contracts with; seven 
n iter ies. With the EMA behind him, 
it is expected that Mayo will be able 
to get agreements' with many, of the 
other spots shortly. ' 

One of the prirne reasons for the: 
EMA's recognition of AGVA was a 
letter sent last week by Frank 
Burch. secretary ;of the Central La- 
bor. Union, to Jack Maser, EMA 
president, certifying AGVA as the 
'only recognized actors* representa- 
tive' in Philadelphia! Kelly had 
been proclaiming that his indie 
union was the recognized actors' or- 
ganization. • 

With EMA endorsement, it is. be- 
lieved that Mayo will wean back 
into the union fold many of the 
members who dropped- out when 
Kelly was bounced as AGVA local 
executive secretary last August. 



Paul .Gerrits, the skating ' come- 
dian, is threatening , art ' infringement ' 
suit agalnlst Lew Parker, fly com 
current at' Loe'w's Sta'te,"Nv Y.': '^Ger- 
rits clairns that Parker has snatched 
virtually' the'! entire i .sketch,. 'Neiiro- .• 
sis,*, written ' by. Virginia ; Faulkner,- 
which he, did in Lebnard . Sill- 
man's late arid lamented 'All in Fun* 
revue and which;. Gerrits bought 
froiri Miss. Faulkrier ., following the. 
show's closirig. .. 

Registered letters were sent Fri- 
day. (31) to Parker, the Loew's State 
mariagemerit arid Lpe\y , ^ ;booking Of- 
fice stating, that - part of . Parker's act 
was ari lnfringerrierit on Gerrits'. ma-, 
terihl, arid that .action;- would; . be 
brought Under the -copyright laws.- ' 
Letters, went/oiit pvdr the: sigriature . 
of ; Mike Vallon . (Gbldfai : b, Meren- 
burg & Vallori), Gerrits' attorney. 

This Is the first copy-act action 
brought by one vaudevillian against 
another "in. a long tiriie, but,' as '■G.e'r- 
rits points out, Parker is not only 
coppirig- : «- valuable^ portion of his 
act,, but lifting something for which 
Gerrits' paid a . high price. • Miss 
Faulkrier Originally -wrote -Neurosis' . 
for Joe Cpokt then Bobby Clark and 
flriaily for Jerry Lester, when it ap- 
: .peaked that the latter Virould go into 
1 Fun.' Instead, Pert Keltbn 'was . 
handed : the rriaterial in the shdwi \ 
but she turned it down arid Gerrits 
was assigried to the comedy bit. It 
was .subsequently - rewritten with 
GerritsYhelp by Miss Faulkner. 

When Parker, at. Gerrits' request, 
refused to drop the bit, Gerrits had 
a stenographer make a transcript of 
Parker's act. Comparison, with Ger- 
rits' material,, according to the skat- 
ing comedian, indicates a very close 
copy with only slight change of 
wordage. 

According to copyright law, the . 
infringement penalty is $250 maxi- 
mum per performance. At a four- 
show per day basis, as ^at Loew't 
State, Parker or the theatre, or both, 
would be liable at the rate of as. 
much as $1,000 a day should Gerrits 
win in. court.:. 



GEORGE WOOD'S TEACE' 
WITH WM. MORRIS AGCY. 



Now. that George Wood is repre- 
senting a. number of William Mor- 
ris, acts booked intoHhe local niteries, 
he likes to. tell ! of his 'peace* with 
the Morris office, thanks to Abea 
Lastfogel via Johnny Hyde. It en-l 

tailed a blanket^ $1,500 check for 
previous bocfkings, brought about 
when Hyde wrote Wood arid the lat- 
ter retorted he wasn't given a 
square deal on; previous arrange- 
ments. When Lastfogel, g.m. of the. 
Morris office, read the details he 
told Hyde and Wood both that the 
latter seemed Justified and ordered 
the check paid pronto; 

Now Wood is repping a number of 
Morris office acts in collaboration 
rather than competition. 



. Clifford C. Fischer sails Friday (7) 
on the S.S. Brazil' with, his wife on a ' 
preliniinary survey of Rio dc Janeiro, i 
Buenos Aivcs.and otticr SouUvAnicri- 
can- theatres w.Kc're his 'Folies. Ber- 
geries'. unit will .play. "starting in May. j 
The' , trou p e jVunri bcr 05; ; iriclu d i rig" . 3 5 

■girls.' and featured acts such as Scnor ' 
•Wences, Rio . Bros.; Gloria Gilbert, ' 
Red : Donohu^.;3"Ma.i'tels and Mignon, . 

•Myrtil and Pa.co, -et. al.,' will .follow • 
him later... 

Georges Bpronski,. \vho worked in 
the ^ Paris' agency for CiiffprdFLscihef-':. 
Henry Larligue, but has; been head r 

.quartered in .Rip de Janeiro, the past 

•' year,' lined ; up the theatres .for ; the 
'Folies' .tour. Thdy will be variety: 
and legit'- houses^ but. an pccasiPrial. 
casino booking may be added, > 

; Fischer also has a : number of. 

i Amencan dance bands set for South 

. American tours. He'll consummate . 
the deals when he gets there. 
The veteran showman looks to' S.A.. 

' as a new and. yet to be developed 

I show, field, for' American talent, and 

'plans concentrating his efforts there 
for some time to come. Or at least 

'■; until he's able to return to . his home 
in Paris. He's been repatriated to 

; America the past year/concentrating, 
on his 'Folies' starting with the 

. Frisco Expo dates last spring. 



"FIGHTUS' FOR THE FV1SNIES 



AND 



99 





PARAMOUNT, NEW YORK 



"CRAZY WITH THE HEAT" 

44th< STREET, NEW YORK 

(Booked by ; KEN LATER) . 



Mgnaoarrtant— HERMAN CITRON 



54 HOUSE REVIEWS 



Pfr&IETY 



Wednesday, February 5, 1911 




■ By ABEL GREEN..; , . 

.., . Havana, Jan.' 25; .. 
Ernesto Smith, who, despite! his 
surname, is an authentic Cuban, is 
the No. 1 exhibitor here, and has 
been agitating for a comeback of 
vaudfilnv Idea. is . to force U. S\ film 
rentals 4own> create new employ r 
. merit for Cuban talent arid, in geh-. 
eral, possibly effect a resurrection of 
stage shows. However, as many of 
the topflight niterles and hotels in 
Havana have since found out, it's top 
difficult to book the local spots, al- 
ready, in existence Without adding 
to the problein. . Reason for this is 
that as soon as anything worthwhile 
clicks in Cuba,' either-the TJ. ,S. or 
the other Latiri-Airierican countries 
gobble it up. 



a forbidding "exterior,- with a very 
drab • lobby that : Would, sharne any 
8th avenue (N.Y.) iridic exhib. They 
don't ..go for the Rbxy tinsel in. the 
lobbies^ that goes, too, for the.homes l 
which, however, on : the inside are 
usually colorful' with , inviting. /pa- 
tios, greenery, etc., but you'd ;never 
know it from the outside. . 
;'.-. Aribther mistake Ernesto Smith, 
and. , perhaps all downtowri Havana 
exhibs. makes, is stepping down the 
sound on films; Theory is that they 
read the Spanish subtitles arid don't 
savvy the Anglais anyway, but, sur- 
prisingly^, mahy natives know Eng- 
lish.' and, of course, the tourist Amer- 
inahs -rate some '-consideration, since 
they . dpn't jive the Espagnol, .: yet 
can t read the subtitles. Furthermore, 
both Americanos, and .Cubanas are. 



It's for that, reason, for. example, i trying ^ to lcarh a riew language more 



that the big league . hotels like the 
Hotel .Naciohal arid, the^gaming ca- 
sinos must irriport Americairi talent, 
although that's riot considered a. wise: 
idea in view of the fact that the 
tourists come to Cuba in search of 
congrarhumba talent,- The sad truth 
of the matter is that, thei-e : is more, 
worthwhile Afro - Ciibana talent; 
around New York, Miami and other 
key cities than inT the entire '.repub- 
lic, ..- - ' ■':'.'■■{■; 

The freak, of -this particular show ; 
■ at the Alkazar, operated by Smith,, 
is its frank commercial tieup with 
La Cadena Crusellas, which gets pro- 
grain billing: as - presenting' Tito 



th. n .n, ever nowadays, 
- Two: shows a day; 'matinee' at 6- 
p., m, and the second . show, at 9:30/ 

SHEA'S, BUFFALO 



v Buffalo, Jan. 31. . 

' ■. Phil Spitaliiy Orch with Evelyn, 
Vivian, Mafy ] McLanahan, Three Liir 
Johnnie Coy, June Lor-: 
Singing. Strings;'*FouY 



tie. Words, 
raine,. Max; 
Mothers' ;( 



As if there were any room for argu- 
CMjfcar inl;ieup.^ Jabon ' ment; Phil Spitalny is . again demon 

Candado (soap), which also manufac- «♦*»♦-"- ♦»<•♦■■•»-■■»«»- ™.«™»» »n 



tures the Cuban version of - Palm- 
olive. Candado is the washing soap 
which gives an idea of the humble 
mass appeal that. Guizar must 
cater- to. ■ 

He got $5,000 for two weeks; in 
exchange. for which he did two com- 
mercials daily on CMQ arid COCQ 
for Candado soap, besides ptersonal- 
ing at the Teatro Alkazar. Here he 
got 7.0% of the ; gross, fantastic 'Gone 
With the Wind terms, to be sure, 

. but actually not much in money arid, 
besides, it's considered a great hypo 
for' this otherwise secondary vaud- 
filmer, which plays Monogram dual- 

" ers.and the like. . 

Guizar, however, proved quite a 
local wow. • The unusual of havirig 
the kids throw their autograph al- 
burns, on the rostrum— yes, thev have 
autograph hounds here also — and 
then clamber on the stage to besiege 
the.: singer, are deemed quite a per- 
sonal tribute to any star's popular- 
ity. It doesn't happen too often. 

Guizar, who is well known in the 
V. S. through his radio buildup, feeds 

- 'em surefires, in Spanish, of course, 
such as 'South . of the Border,' 
'Rancho*. Grande,' etc., and whams 
'em. He dresses nattily in. tropical 
tux and uses his self -guitar accomp 
only toward the end for the rnore ro-. 
mantic serenades. 

Coban Jive 



strating that his 'Hour of Charm' all- : 
girl orch .is. still the leading gal 
band. Here is One orch presentation 
that's off the beaten path and which, 
in talent, costuming . and general 
decor, offers something different for 
jaded pictureshow palates, aided 
considerably by Spitalny's smart 
showmanship. . ... 

; For his current visit, maestro' is 
eiriploying 22 instrumentalistsTi' a 
seven-violin sectiori, two pianos, 
three . comets, three sax-clarinets* 
tromb, tuba, harp, xylophone, guitar, 
bass and. drums. Mary McLanahan 
is on. the skins arid does a job which 
■many male beaters may well envy. 
The girls are simply -gowned and the 
distipctive femininity of the offering 
is highlight for the most' effective re- 
sults. 

Opening with 'In the Mood,' band 
, slips into an original drum concerto 
in the boogie-woogie idiom, givirig 
Miss McClanahan an opportunity to 
pound out a slick mess of drum 
rhythrn. Tennessee Tish Fry' intro- 
duces a new. vocalist, who, like her 
now retired predecessor; is also 
named Maxine. She is a smart look- 
ing brunet who' gets the mpst out of 
her solo and choral, work with the 
Glee Club and Three Little Words. 
. Johnnie Coy, the only male mem- 
ber of the act "besides Spitalny, offers 
an intricate tap routine, fitting well 
into the proceedings. Band's 
■Bolero;' which' follows,; is neatly 



novelty, the gang playing the show 
briskly and well. If Venuti would 
dress the boys in uniforms arid out- 
fit them, too, with bandstands, they'd 
be even more impressive ffom the 
: visual standpoint. .' 

Show is generally, well paced; 
; 'Free- 'Wheeling,' Venuti's own com- 
r position, is, a scorching starter. Fine 
'.pipes, .-..looks.''. and okay diction en- 
hance Don . Darcy, : vocalist,- who 
.scores' with a- couple of pbp numbers, 
finishing .strongly-, with impressions 
of Bing Crosby. Kate Smith and Guy. 
Lpmbardo. doing? 'Oh, Johnny.' 

Ruth Barnes, cute . tricter In' strik- 
ing blue and . silver garb that in- 
cludes - tightfltting Jtrousers.' con- 
tributes some unusual and difficult 
tapping heir one-foot routines and 
endurance stirring ; plenty of re- 
sponse out front.- 'A Musical Cockr ; 
tail' is a novelty band number, per^ 
mitting brief, soloing by the various 
musicians. 

Show is tied -up in; knots early' by 
Miss Starr,.: aces as ' a swing . song- 
stress: Her animated 'and expres- 
sive selling of 'Five O'Cipck Whistle,' 
'My Blue Heaven' and *I Cvy; Over 
You? left, the custorners : begging for 
riiore/ Then- Barrett Deems, the 
torrid drummer, has > an inning, 1 
pounding away effectively with' the 
sticks on a- chair: : . ''- : •■•".'' 

Th6 Three; Stpbges ; baveh't gone to 
the expense or trouble to build an 
act. But they're, the . only comedy. 
On the bill. They work lackadaisical- 
ly and briefly, depending mainly on 
.the, slapstick stuff for fairly good 

laughs. " . ; ;-.;' ; -0 V... 

; It's rib trick at all for the .Andrews 
Sisters, • local ites,. .to follow the 
Stooges.! They received ..warm wel- 
come from the outset and generated 
by far the greatest audience enthusi- 
asm of any act on the bill. Their 
nifty harmony makes such numbers 
as -'Ferryboat . Serenade,' 'Beat Me 
vDaddy,' . ?Rhumbo0gie' and ' Apple 
Blossom. Time' a real- experience lor 
those whose tastes run to swing 
vocalizing. They're .. great . -. show 
closerSi wi th the custome'rs ' unable/to 
get enough arid plenty noisy in their 
efforts to bring the gals back for 
more. 

A well-filled lower, floor at the 
second afternoon performance open- 
ing day. Rees. 



STATE-LAKE, CHI 



Chicago, Feb. 1. 
Burnett Sc Parks. (3). Jackie Heller, 
Merle, Duval and Lee r Sid Tomack 
and Reis Bros. (3), Solly Rand, 
Dorothy . Hild Girls (16), Walter 
Davidson ;and . House Oreh; 'Legion 
of Glory' (Col). 



The Riverside Orchestra (12) is ah' ^ ->-.—• r - , - - -- — - iZ . 
odd .native , combo Which; while' !; done. , . segued^ by Evelyn's ^. n^fty 
known in South and Central Amer- | viohning of .'Breeze and I,' straight 
lea." and. also locally.- is quite 52d i and, with . variations; .and 'Never 
street in its Cuban jive. It's, strong • Smile Again.' backed by the Sing- 
on swing, and seemingly . has- Well i in g Strings, violin section. She rates 



assimilated bounceapation. Four 
brass, three reeds, string bass, piano, 
drums and. guitar make for an ex- 
ceedingly torrid crew in this basic- 
ally torrid clime. The pianist is es-, 
pecially in the groove, and make be- 
lieve these daiquiri dolls and dad- 
dies don't dig solid-Jackson music. 
Ari exceptionally good combo is the 
Mexican Trio, a very photogenic ,-gal, 
her brother and another man,- \yith 
unusual native Mexican dances, of 
peasant and rancherb genre. They 
double into the local Tropicana, new 
outdoor nitery, under same manage 



a special bow also for her hovel and 
striking arrangements; . 

Comedy of Three Little Words is 
questionable, particularly the corny 
hokum. On the melody Side, how- 
ever, their efforts are more accept- 
able, especially. Tavern iri the Town' 
and their encore trickrtitle medley. 
June Lorraine clicks with her im- 
personations of ■ Charles Laughton 
and Edward G. Robinson and her 
finale of the '1001 Nights,' a la Hep- 
burn and Durante, is uproarious, 
Vivian holds down the closing spot. 



a oeak of the performance. Aside 
ment as the established Eden : Con- ; from her highly personable appear- 
cert, downtown nitery around the j ance, striking blonde has a superla- 
comer from Sloppy . Joe's. Serior I tive soprano. Does the j 'Bell Song' 

Correa took over .an estate in Mat- ; from 'Lakme* in facile; fashion and ..„. ,,,ui~Y. ,.,i*u „ 

anzes. away from downtown Havana, closes the preceedings with a smash ' ffisS^w^-^^ r ^- ^/ 
which for two years was the home rendition of 'God Bless America,' iTt^ „ d J 0 ^ e i, S ^ 
of the U. S. Embassy; that gives -the - Glee Club, instrumentalists, 'J ^^tl^nf^ w 
an idea- of the attractive Tropicana .: special backdrop and; even the. audi- .;l n «^W W i*- °!j £ r 



Sally Rand b back , again at the 
scene of her original ; triumphs, and 
despite the passage of a few years, 
she. continues to wield a powerful 
wand over ' the. wicket. Week has 
gotten away to a fat start and indi- 
cates one of the best money sessions 
here in a long while. 

Miss Rand remains a glamorous 
item for the showgoers and currently 
is holding them at attention while 
she comes up with the fan and bub-, 
ble dances. Little has changed in 
either of, these two- numbers, and 
there is no reasori for any change, 
because Miss Rand has routined them 
to the hilt. A change of note is the 
replacement of the song 'In : The 
Shadows,' with' which the Rand fan 
dance was identified for so lonf;. She 
can come back here repeatedly arid 
be assured of boxoffice response. 

Also' well-liked is Jackie Heller, 
the little guy with a big voice.. He 
m.c's this show . and. handles the as- 
signment niftily. Delivers solidly on. 
the tonsils, too. Has a varied vocal 
routine that was highly pleasing to 
this mob. 

Opening are acrobatic Burnett arid 
Parks. Two men and a girl start 
with some fine , skating and wind Up 
with hand-to-hand work and tum- 
bling. Girl has a tumbling specialty' 



STATE, N Y, 

, James Barton, Kilty Carlisle, Dixie, 
Dunbar with Four Rhythmettes, 
Frank Paris, Knight Sisters (2), Lew 
Parker urith.Std Gold, Ruby Ziberl* 
trig Orch; 'Comrade X' W-G). 

It's bid home- ween' at the State for 
legit expatriates. There are three of 
them, topped by James Barton, who, 
however, long before the days of 
'Tobacco Road,' was: a vet vaudeyil- 
lian. :. Others are Kitty Carlisle, last 
seen on Broadway in 'Walk With 
Music,' and Dixie Dunbar, who was 
in 'Yokel Boy.' All three, incident- 
ally; have: done Aim work. With 
two other acts arid m.C; Lew Parker 
reigning -the: proceedings, the com?, 
binatipn adds up to a fairly enter- 
taining session; 

; Barton, to, at least part, of the au- 
dience wjio've seen his turn count-, 
Jess ' times, must turn out to. be a 
bore — although paradoxically it's the 
audierice's. . own fault.' He ! r forced 
by. shouts from -the. house; to db exA 
aclly the same thincrs he's been doing 
for years— 'The. Mad Dog/ 'Anna-, 
belle Lee* arid the. others. With a 
tremendous repertoire to draw frpm. 
Bar tori himself must be weary ■ of: 
the lengthy routine of the drunk •bit- 
ten, by. the irhaginary pooch. He 
Would do well, to avoid it unless ab- 
solutely forced into it— as he is here; 
Otherwise he's as sock an entertainer 
as. everi and . that goes for his nifty 
tap terps and warbling of 'Annabelle 
Lee.'. - .-. : ■< ■ ■,. 

..Throaty cOntrailo. Kitty Carlisle- 
clicks well bri the more pperatic- 
type of stuff, only so-so on the pops. 
That's eviderit from -Ferryboat Ser- 
enade,' witlj which she tees off, and 
a light operatic medley- which is No. 
2. 'There'lr Always Be an England,' 
with which she winds'. up. is interest- 
ing, has appeal arid is well done. 
She's quite a looker in low-necked 
scarlet .couturiering. 
. Givirig Dixie Dunbar, a quartet of 
tajl guys iri tails as tapstering back- 
ground, is an excellent idea that 
makes her appearance a heap sight 
ihore of an event than were she a 
single, although there can be no 
c.omplaiht about Miss Dunbar's top 
rank ; as' either a .terper or an- eye- 
appealer. ; Boys,, billed as Four 
Rhythmettes, work in nifty precision 
with the tiny hoofer and their conga 
line finale with her is a' pip. . 

frank Paris and., his marionets 
have .become bretty much standard 
Paris continues 'to work in full view, 
of the audience, dressing completely 
in black, however, against a dark 
stage with the dolls spotlighted. 
There are still Sonja Henie. skating 
around at the end of Paris's strings 
for excellent results, arid the rhurhba 
dancer^ Two new figurines are also 
introduced: One. the. ostrich from 
Walt Disney's 'Fantasia.' is weak, 
while a jitterbug dancer'is one of the 
best. . 

Parker Is the average well- 
grounded introducer, handling -the 
buildups well and Keeping the per- 
formance moving expediently. He 
adds a bit on his own hook— r 
idiosyncracies of restaurant diners— 
which, is much like a Paul Ger.rits 
turn. Parker carries, with him a 
stooge, Sid. Gold, who works with a. 
auartet of musicians from Ruby 
Zwerling's hous; band (they're on 
the stage) in a mild comedy bit. ; 
\ Knight Sisters, attractive dub, open 
the . presentation, with ;acf o-terping 
that wins approval of - the : house. 
Also garrter laughs in a hunk of tom- 
foolery with Parker in whibh they 
balance on his thighs. It makes for 
a pleasing getaway; 
House w_ell filled when caught. 

Herb. 



PARAMOUNT, N Y. 



locale. Now an outdoor patio . setr | -en^e jbihing. 



Big : b.o. 



ting the Eden show doubles into the { . _ 
i Tropicana. with exception of the- supper show 
j . Mexican Trio which, because of its ' 
i current . Alkaiar..: , booking, only 
j doubles into the one joint. Act has 
f ; been at the N. Y. World's Fair; ajso. 
',.; at El Chico, Havana-Madrid and La 
Gonga in New ; York, but is better 
than ever and ripe for a shiart nitery 
|.i like the Rainbow t Roorri. N.; Y„ .the 
ff; Waldorf-Astoria, where Antonio : and 
S-i Rosario did so' well, or the.M".rti'ri- 
|« ique'. They: -hail from El Patio, 

4 Mexico City* 

Staart OK for Locals 



at . o|)ening day's (31) 
Burton. . 



ORPHEUM, MPLS. 



; specialty can assume greater im 
1 portance. Two men are also ex- 
cellent with their hand-tb-hand work, 
arid: especially click with their work 
on a harid-pple, the top-mounter do- 
ing some, fine spins. Act. is [basically , 
a topflight acrobatic turn and with 
proper, dressing and handling cati 
go far. .-•;.• :.::, . •': ;' :"•;■■ 

When they, finally:; decide upon a 



■ Minneapolis, Jan.: 31. 
joe Venuti. Orch (14), Don Darcy. 
Rui/i. Barnes.-' Kay Starr,. Barrett routine, Sid' Tbhiack and .the.: Reis 



Deem$, .Three Stooges, Andrews Sis- 
ters (3); 'Second Chorus\ (Par). 



Bros. are jfbing to be a : walloping 
I comedy trio. As they, stand now 
they indicate inherent ability, • but 



This show is loaded with both box- they are still wandering arbuhd with 
_ -office arid entertainirient. dynamite, but- a. real plan of comedy attack; 

Dblng T a~specialty with Vhe band is ' . The' Andrews Sisters, topping the They .have some neat little comedy 
iiNonhah Stuart, nee Selby when . he ari-ay, in themselves are- probably all: sbn!»s' and some good clowning, but 
12 .was with Paul Whitemari. Stuart is ' that a riy doctor . would wish tp : pre- they need some identifying routine. 
3a versatile, gent, doing a hot song, scribe for b.o. ills; ;hPwever, they're .•' and'- .they can really go frori) there, 
a hot horn specialty and also a neat bulwarked by Jpe Veriuti!s orchestra ! Duval, Merle' and Lee halted the 



J acro-dance, all of which, being, of 
^"Yankee, idiom, makes it extra good 
|)for:the. locals who are. more than 
ii favorably . inclined to 



and >the. Three Stooges.. Then there proceedings with their laUghi-getting 
are Fred Astaire. Paulette Goddard, i burlesque on ballroom dancing. Have 
ATtie Shaw's band, Burgess Meredith ! a flock of laughs for the mob 



anything and Charlie Buttetworth >. 6ri the 
' screen. • . . ♦;.':■• 

With the'Andrews Sisters, Venuti's 



favorably 
American^ 

But the main lure was Guizat . arid 
he's .of a calibre that is rare either j boys arid Kay Starr swinging out on 
here or at the other, major -valid- ; all cylinders, the jive addicts en- 

filmer on the Pradb (main street),.! joy a . Roman . holiday. . Veri'uti 

the- Teatro : Nacibnal. ; Unlike the S emcees, conducts and fiddle's, heing Rartd and sets the stage : nicely. • for 
jNacional, the Alkazar, while charm- j okay in every capacity.. He has '*: the fan and .bubble Headl'iner, 
rlrigly decorated on its interior; re- plenty torrid swing outfit; with ef- | •Business' excellent at the supner 
|«embling a Spanish street scene, it's I fective arrangements; and enough I show Saturday (D*. - Gold: ' 



throughout and finish with some ne'at; 
straight adagio which had this au- 
dience asking for more. . 
' Dorothy Hild line is . pn . three times 
and- turris in capable routines, It's 
ort in opening prpductiPn for $ally 



MICHIGAN, DETROIT 



Detroit, Feb. 2. : 

•Foliej Bergere' with Gloria Gil- 
bert, Martels and Mignon, Red, 
Donahue and Vnp, Karin • Zoskaj 
SenOr Wences, Carr : Brothers; 'Son 
of Monte Crtsto' (VA). 

Since the Shuberts' were; In last 
fall with their short-lived operettas, 
the lower-priced trade here hasn't 
;had;,as much lush scenery- gals and 
costumes tossed at theria as 'in, the 
Michigan's current tab reyuei wrap- 
ped around conventional vaudeville 
acts. Stage shows, in the: picture 
houses: here' have been running to 
bands and acts working on pit stages; 
present, showi sinking back into full 
stage and- providing all the: triirri- 
•mings, ^is being well received. 

Male trade running heavy for this 
bill, full of lookers In the line and 
among the showgirls, plus lavish sets.: 
Drew nice response here on the pro- 
duction, numbers, particularly the 
Undersea and ballet sets; 
: .Karin Zciska does 'her Russian sit- 
down strike dancing, well enough re- 
ceived, but she disappoints dir. eri- 
•c.ore„ Following are Red Donahue 
and his mule, garnering a few laughs 
with their familiar routine. 
-..■After- the elaborate uhder^the-sea 
number, Senor Wehces, .with his ven- 
triloquist turn- arid his juggling neat- 
ly combined, goes over. Extreriiely. 
well received were Gloria Gilbert. 
With her swift -toe.' dancing spins: 
l Martels and Mignon, with their dar- 
fing adagio tossing, and the Carr- 
i Bros., with their burlesque acros. 
I Standing in -lobby at 8 pini. show 
I caught Sunday (2). - . - : - Pool. 



Glenn Miller Orch, The Mod- 
ermires, Dorothy Claire, Ray Eberle, 
Dean Murphy, Cass Daley) Lane and 
Ward, Don .Baket at jthe organ; 'Vir- 
gitiia' . (Par), reviewed. i?i Variety 
Jan. 15. ■. ■ 



. A delight of the . jitterobs, Glerin 
Miller is back here,- for the third 
time and. again has 'em daridihg in 
the aisles. ; Troriibonist, seeiriiiigly 
not the kind of fellow, who warms 
much to . his audience; may have a 
screwy arrangement- in . 'Anvil 
Chorus' and.: some of the. rest, of his 
wacky, taxi-horn swing rnay not ' be 
to everybody's; taste but majority of, 
the mobs attracted here go for it, 
as attested' by the big morning 
crowds. . . 

Miller, recently at the Cafe Roiige 
of the Pennsylvania hotel, features 
two number s—' An vil Chorus' and 
Tuxedo Junction.' Arrangement of 
the former is so far afield frpm 'An- 
vil Chorus' -as . originally composed 
that.it could be called anything else 
and the Miller barid would get away 
with it. On Tuxedo' the ie^-piece 
orchestra digs deep to break down 
the resistance, of the j itterbugs, being 
a, sure-shot thing to prodifce hand- 
clapping in jungle.; time. ■ 

Miller Scarries with him Dorothy 
Claire ann Ray Eberle. soloists, plus 
the Mbdernaires, a harmony quar- 
tet, On early, Modemaires do a 
number, theri. wait for Miss Claire ta 
feature a couple; Teturnmg- down- 
stage to work a third with her, 'La 
Cucarachau* .which gets over ' nicely. 
Miss Claire, novelty swing singer. ; '\s 
anything but a strong entry. Her 
voice is so low > she's almost a whis- • 
per.: y /■•• - v ' . 
' Eberle, by contrast, has a very iap- 
pealing ; softly-toned melodic voice, 
but. he doesn't put much selling ef- 
fort into his'-work. . He's alrnost im- 
mobile all the wav. 'Nightingale 
Sang ; in Berkeley Square.' through 
the surefire value of his voice/ and 
that of the song, gets him a quick 
following, however; He winds up 
with 'Somebody Else,' done with the 
Modemaires. 

Sock of the show is. the dynamic 
Cass Daley, who has also worked 
this house before; Robust songs in a 
thoroughly hovel manricr are what 
Miss Daley, dispenses, . making faces 
"as she goes along and contorting her 
body- into comical poses for effect. 
The, way' she shows those teeth 
every now and then adds a lot to her 
unique, style. . Pictures should be 
able to use this fine entertainer. 

Added potency is lertt by Dean 
Murphy, impersonations, and Lane 
and Ward, novelty aero dance com- 
bination. Latter pair have been here 
before; .they opened Thursday night 
(30) in. 'Crazy With the Heat,' doub- 
ling from that show for this engage- 
ment. A; great little act:' Murphy 
also has played this house previ. 
ously. He; is, doing a flock of im- 
pressions, . very good being his 
President Roosevelt. One, of Arliss* 
who's been out of the spotlight a 
long time,: is dated. ZaSu Pitts also 
has been overdone. 

Business very strong oh all shows- 
but heavier' in the morning, with 
management havirig decided after 
the opening day to hold for three 
weeks. . ,..-■ . Char. 



EARLE, WASH. 



. Washington, D. C., Jan. 21. . : 
. The Stapletovs (2), Fred Sanborn, 
Roxyettes; and Jo Lombardi Pit 
Orch; 'Virginia' (Par). 

Because bf the big doings and con* 
fusion surrounding the President's 
Birthday Ball here, house produc- 
tionist Harry Anger comes up with 
a short revue this week, depending 
on the ; Technicolor 'Virginia' to 
carry the load. , 

Revue ought to be titled 'All Out 
for Britain.' Pit orchestra gets the 
Show tinder way with 'Pornp and 
Circumstance,' going into lengthy, 
arrangement of, There Always Be 
An England,' with Gene Archer 
Vocallirig. Then • travelers show 
shallop drop of No. : 10. Downing 
street. Single lfnegal cornes but to 
announce \ presentation of line's 
• 'Americanized'; Version of; the, -Eng- 
lish Johnny,' precision dance made 
famous by .the Eight .'Tiller .Girls 
from London. Line comes put in 
tophats and tails for routine. Same 
line has done easier- version here 
previously, and . the riinriber always 
gets excellent hand.. This .one is , 
more intricate arid represents a real 
accomplishment. , ; 

Linegals fade back for entrance of 
the StapIetons;vguy and; gal in eve- 
rilrig dress who go irito straight ball- 
room routine -for good hand. Then 
four of the line but in vihite shorts to 
•introduce stooge and Fred Sariborri, 
xylophonist with excellent magician- 
gag sideline that goes over. He's 
little, short guy with - amiable puss 
that keeps natrons .chuckling while 
he goes through two fast numbers 
on the instrument. 

After he's off linegals crime oh. tor 
most effective, routine seen -here in 
weeks. ... All the. gals are . in black, 
from; head -to foot,< with luminescent 
painting helping their figures and 
'forrhation ori the dark stage. They, 
work iri four, eights, arid, finally 
whole line.- Weird effect had the 
customers sitting on- seat-edges and 
brought down the house. ; 

Biz SRO at show caught. 



Wednesday, February S, 1941. 



HOUSE REVIEWS 



55 



EARLE, PHILLY 

;' : Philadelphia, Jan. 91. 
'Streets of Paris' unit with 'Thinfe- 
a-Drink' Hoffman, Sid Marion and: 
Cliff Hall, Hylton Sisters, Frank and 
jean Hubert, Ernesto and Talta, 
Fetch and Deauville, Anne Crosley, 
Don Richards, Peggy Alexander Line, 
(22) • Lou Schroder's House Band 
(18); 'Keeping Company' (M-G). - 

This is a tabloid and .clearied-UP 
version of a show that played the 
legiter, Forrest, last February at 
$l-$2-$3.' Although its big names, 
Bobby Clark, Abbott and Costello, 

; Carmen-Miranda,- and. others- ate 
among the missing, it's nevertheless 
a good buy. at 68c top^ especially 
with a picture to boot. 

. Standout is ^hinkiA-Drihk' Hoff- 
man and • his mystifying liquid- 
producing outfit— a : holdover from 
the original production. : . Hoffman 
draws the bulk of- the plaudits in his; 

. hext-to-closirig slot, whipping up. : 
everything from a milk-shake tq a 
daquirri stinger out of . apparently 
empty contafnexs. The drinks are 

. called out by the aud and passed to 
the caller-out by a' couple of gal 
itoogeSi It's ijlicko all around. 
The show follows the usual musi- 

: cal comedy motif . rather than, the 
vaude pattern, with the scenes sup- 
posedly laid in Paree (pre-war 
vintage). Acts are intrbed on screen. 
-Then the chorines are shown in their 
dressing rooms, chattering, dolling 

:/ up until curtain is called and they 

' file Off. -: ."• ''• -'•'• ;\. •'••"' 

■' ■ .. Sid Marion and Cliff Hall tee off 
with a comedy act laid on a pier in 
France. .': They've got the , Abbott- 
Costello parts. It's standard , burley 

''•■■■'stuff. The Hylton" Sisters; in; chic 

' checkered costumes;, come '. on with 
opening vocal, 'Three Little Girls in 

. Paree.' Annie Crosly and Don Rich- 
ards, youthful, gobdlooking pair, duet 
a couple of tunes, from the original 

• : production. They're followed by the 
excellent tap duo of Peieh and Deau- 

; • ville. - • :.■'• 

Marion and Hal! fill in at this point 
with another familiar burlesque stage 
routine — the shell game. It's good 
corn and goes over fairly well. 

Rating next to Hoffman, however; 
In the palm-pounding is the ,drunk 
act of the Huberts. They slap each 
. other around to a f are-thee-well; but 
it's rib-tickling. Payoff is when Jean 
removes her wig and shows she's a 

•'■gal. ' • .. , ■ '".' .'': ■ •-" ','. 

. Revue is wrapped up. Marion and 
.Hall going; through" the rest-cure 
routine in . the burley technique; 
There's shooting, and screwy patients 
. running all. over . the place, while 
nurses and doctors bounce In and 
out;.: . ';. 

A couple of Frerichy routines, by 
the line 05 gals, seven guys), and 
the Inevitable conga by the ' entire 
company fill but the 60-minute stage 
show. ■■;.'■' ■ . ,-. '•;.■ ' 
-It's a novelty for this vaudfllmer, 
and lots for. comparatively little 
money. Costumes are okay,; but en- 
tire production could be speeded up. 
Biz at opening show was fair. 
' *.■■" . •' ■ . , , ; -"-- : ' Shal. 

LYRIC, INDPLS. 

Indianapolis, Jan. 31.. 
Gray Gordon: Orch, Meredith 
Blake, Art Perry, Chet Bruce, Five 
Elglns; Dancing Co-Eds (2) Bud 
Harris and Co., Kitty Murray, Tip- 
ton Trio; 'Meet the Missus' (Rep). 

■■■ From the waxing studios to the 
•tage of the Lyric theatre, Gray 
Gordon this week moves his four 
rhythm, three-trumpet, three-trom- 
bone and four saxophone sections to 
be met with a. hearty reception by. 
those who listen to his tunes on :the 
jukeboxes and spin them at ■ home. 
; The band ; is . well-balanced, with 
arrangements accenting, melody 
.without overworking any one sec-- 
tlon. 

- Open with 'Blue Skies,' then the 
Brass Choir, consisting of three 

... .trombones and four trumpets,: step, 
down front to do 'Berkeley Square/ 
followed by a skin session from Leev 
Harris, who beats the percussions 
Violently.' through the bill. - orch 
specialties are 'Scarf Dance,' 'I Am 
An :Am.erican* closing, with military 
scenes projected on a scrim. ■ . , v 
. Meredith , Blake, femme. vocalist 
with band, is cute and sells .'Rhum- 
. boogie,'. , 'Ferryboat'' Serenade'' and 

, 'Yankee Doodle -Polka'.'-. Male song- 
ster Is' Art Perry who contributes 
Only Forever/ 'Frenesi' and 'There 
. I -Go.' Ghet Bruce steps down from 

- the brass section to sing 'Keep An 
Eye, On Your Heart;' '. Audience at 
show -caught labeled, band's part; of 
. bill •Jas ; okay with-. plenty mitt ap- 
'.Prpval. . Also-, in the music division 
.'this' week is the Tipton Trio, winner 

; Of the. WFBM .Talent parade.', who 
appear in nice-looking pastel .dresses 
. arid harmonize 'Nearness' of You' -to- 
. good hand; 

- Dancing Co-eds (2) mix taps with 
aero dancing and are in their proper 

. element working in front of a band. 
Definitely not in the right place 

-.-• (next-to-closing) are . Bud Harris 
: and Co., colored man and woman 
who try for comedy" attempts With 
time-worn .vaude patter. They 
stretch it so thin that some custom- 
ers failed to wait fbr the -finish. That 
was a mistake,. for the closer act has 
Kitty Murray, hefty 'colored hoofer, 
. who gets plenty of laughs with her 
eccentric footwork; Five Elgins are 



standard act, having played house 
often, arid they're solid with hat and 
Indian club juggling. Three men 
and two women work expertly with 
the kellys and woods for salvo at 
finish. . 

Bill runs 67 minutes, length being 
accentuated because. Of the 12 min- 
utes consumed by the. Harris act. 
Biz fair ..at third show Friday (31), 
opening day, . :\V Kiley. 



CAPITOL, ATLANTA 



Atlanta^ Feb, 1. . 
Pat and Willa' LeVola, ' Madame 
DeBafrie's 'Birds in Toyldnd* Carl 
Thorson, Clifton and Woods, . 10 
Charmettes, Elaine Arden, Annette, 
'The Saint at Palm Springs'. (RKO) . 

This unit sports three neat class 
acts,, evenly /spaced at opening; 
middle and closing. , in between, arc 
layers of mediocrity, but the unit 
moves briskly ffom- start to end. ■ • 

Ten Charmettes are brief and rag- 
ged on. opening curtain, too brief to. 
be .-, counted', as,' - opener. .'■'. Madame 
DeBarrie's 'Birds in Toyland' make 
the audience remember hands are 
good for something else besides lift- 
ing xawn bread arid grits. The birds 
are white Australian cockatoos and 
they combine.- smooth hep - with' 
comedy. Never; a lull in this routine 
as birds pull wagons, fire miniature, 
cannon, goose-step to rhartial music 
and push toy baby carriages. No 
patter, between until 'Mike,! smart- 
est of cockatoos, is brbught out front 
for his, own act; Bird is uncanny), at 
arithmetic, ringing a bell to indicate 
his findings.'. '. 

Elaine Arden's two songs don't 
click/ Nice personality, too much 
makeup; a . trifle, out of range. Carl 
Thorson, jesting juggler, goes; over; 
Patter isgood: but juggling of differ-' 
,erit-si?ed objects is better, 

Annette's passable dance in . front 
Of? the Charmettes could . be better 
with a smoother, combo doing the 
music. Costume change doesn't im T 
prove. things. • '••• 

• Clifton and Woods have patter 
that's definitely dated. He opens with 
a trick bass fiddle stint. - .Red and 
green sock gag doesn't click (red for 
applause, green to stop)/ None the 
less, pair of obvious; .veterans - do 
have an appeal arid a promise Which 
is never quite fulfilled. New patter; 
and routining . might do the: tridk. 
Clifton' nicely m.c.s for the jwhole 
unit; ■ 

Pat and Willa LeVola never miss; 
in their, slack wire stint His witti- 
cisms are keen, aided by the western 
drawl. Casually performs a six-foot 
leap from the floor to the slack Wire, 
balances on ladder which sways on 
the slack wire while Pat balances 
vase on : head, swings ring with left 
foot, and juggles, three Indian clubs 
with hands. 

. Entire running time, 57 minutes. 

•:. Jim. ' 



20TH CENTURY, BUFF 



PARAMOUNT, L. >A. 



Los Angeles, Jan. 30. 
Dinah Shore, Cliff' Nazarro, . Carl 
Hoff Orch; Fanchonettes, 'You're the 
One' (Par) and 'Victory' (Par). 



'Taking advantage of several radio 
names in its new screen feature, 
'You're the One,' Paramount this 
week is' presenting a stage show 
labeled 'Radio Follies.' Principal 
claim to title lies- in fact, that raids 
were made oh ether prograihs for 
talent, Dinah Shore, from the Eddie 
Cantor show, tops, with Cliff 
Nazarro. frorn various programs, and 
Carl Hoff and his orch, from the Al 
Pearce outfit, making up the rest 
of the talent portion, with the- house 
Fanchonettes bri for three unusually 
good flashes.; . , ■. 

Miss: Shore, packs a load of per- 
sonality and puts over four numbers, 
ranging from outright swing to the 
more classical type. Scored , de- 
cisively. Gal has everything it takes 
to sell arid keeps the show moving 
at a .reasonably fast tempo. . Her 
repertoire at opening stanza today 
(Thursday ) comprised 'Down Argen- 
tine Way,' 'I Hear a Rhapsody/ an 
outright jazz number, and, for an en- 
core, 'Yes, My Darling . Daughter.' 
The audience expressed . its approba- 
tion in hb uncertain terms. , . • * 

Nazarrb, he of the double-talk 
routine, registered solidly. He opens 
with some confidential' info to his 
auditors. . followed , with his well- 
known piano stunt and then branches 1 
into his famous double-talk. By way 
of diversion Nazarro sings a num- 
ber. 'I'll Remember,' with the patter 
in his familiar lingo, all bf which 
made a decided hit with- ; the pay 
customers.-. -.•'■■' . ; • •;-:.'.,•* 

Hoff band numbers 17 players and 
is particularly, well suited for enter? 
taining devotees bf jazz and swing, 
He introduces several members .of his 
organization in . solos and. ensembles, 
a trumpet number scoring. Four of 
the bandmen, all strings, do a num- 
ber but only a. avid follower of the. 
current musical trend could, appre- 
ciate it. Suffice to. say .the . audience. 

, d ' Fanchonettes ' open the show with 
an Indian routine. : Later following 
Miss- Shore, they offer' their- inter : ' 
prefation of 'Rhapsody' with a dance.-, 
and close' . the proc.eedinfts with n : 
llvelv- 'Scotch routine.. Show ^ as a 
whole Is fast-moving and a diver-, 
sion from the straight, band shows 
thp. house hhs offcrei* 1^'My. Edua. 



Buffalo, Jan. 81. 
Vincent. Lopez Orch (15) with 
Anne Barrett, Sonny Skyler, Pearl 
Robbins; Arnaut Brosi; 'One Crowded 
Hour' . (RKO) . 

A fine presentation for. those with 
long memories, arid one. certainly 
satisfactory for youngsters; too. > ; ' 

There's always .something, iiostalgic 
in Lopez's top. infrequent returns, to 
Buffalo. Here was one of the places 
where he. first; took . root. aSv'a inusi- 
Cian, banging away; in .allTiiight ses- 
sions at the ivories in Nate Fenton's' 
Pekin, and before that at the old 
Alamo. . Now he is i vjeterari,- with 
•the rollcall bf .his successful proteges 
plenty large..- " Currently utilizing 
small screen upon which hie projects 
and introduces the . band.- names 
(with their theme songs) , who got 
their start under, his aegis.. . ,. ; i 

-Lopez aggregation dispenses solid 
irielbdy. riiostly, . with^.only an occar 
Sionai: bow to\vard jive pyrotechnics. 
Following, a telling arrangement bf 
'Dark Eyes,' Pearl Robbins • is , bri 
with a neatly executed, whirlwind 
toe-tap. Sonny Skyler .. caresses 
'Frenesi' in a smooth tenor, followed 
by an ear>easy. 'Our Love Affair! arid 
ehebririg with his own 'Don't Cry/ 
Group's coiicession to jive is : "Beat 
Me- Daddy,' which it does in : bang- 
up fashion, and In Which Buddy 
Spangler registers sockeroo at tiie 
drum's, v 

- Arihe Barrett, a songstress with a 
Betty. Huttpri delivery v heats : up the 
cro,wd for about the best returns of 
the performance with her vivacious, 
2aney ; manner. ■ Whains but 'Turn 
but the Lights/ 'Ferryboat Sere-: 
riade'.and 'Are You Listeniri'; 

Arnaut Eros., working- straight arid 
saris .their perennial clown makeup, 
prove high spots. Whether the act 
gains .anything in the transition to 
tuxes is questionable, but their rou- 
tine is funny- enough in any guise. 
Their standard whistUngrbirds finale 
is! f>s always, riotous. . . .. .. 

The maestro riext-to-closes with 
neat.ivoryirig.. His shbwmanly tech- 
nique must be recognized by even 
the most unsophisticated of his 
listeners; . The applause is the pay- 
off; ..'■■ ■: ■ ..' •■'•■•. 

Attendance extremely thin open^ 
ing show Friday (31). Burton. . 

EMBASSY, N. Y. 

(NEWSEEELS) 

Foreign ; inaterial dominates the 
hew show here, with considerable in 
the war column, both abroad and on 
defense at home/ including Lindr 
bergh testifying before the .House 
Foreign Affairs Coriimittee. At the 
performance caught he was given a 
hand. 

From the other side clips include 
Winstpn Churchill reviewing an 
American home guard unit in Eng- 
land; King Haakori looking over 
Norwegian sailors with the British 
fleet; Princess Frederique visiting a 
Greek military hospital; preparations 
of Britain against; threatened all-out 
Nazi, blitz; the fall of Bardia; Greece 
mourning Premier Metaxas; Harry 
Hopkins in London; Nazi prisoners 
bf war; and excellent shots of action 
in the Mediterranean with bombs 
dropping close to a British ship. 

In addition to lend-lease debate in 
Washirigtori, local stuff embraces 
arrival of Lord Halifax; delivery of 
bags bf dimes at Washington in the 
infantile paralysis Campaign;, that 
$1,000,000 error in a check at Carver, 
Mass.; snowstorrii in. the Sierras; dis- 
play of items in . the Hearst art col- 
lection that has been placed on sale; 
probing of a plane crash and the 
usual sports routinej plus -fashion 
clips. ■■ 

- Instead of the customary shorts, 
house this week has March of Time's 
'Labor and Defense— 1941.' It gets 
M. of T. once monthly, following the 
; Music Hall with the series. - •• 
In toto; a ; generally Unexcitirig bill. 

.. Char. 



in a; seml-^ramatic. version, which 
draws out the applause and calls up 
an encore! on 'Remember/.: Harding 
then brings on Emily Darrell to fill 
the next-to-closirig spot with a bar- 
rage bf laughs. ^Laugh, spectacle is 
her .'toy bull *pup,- Annie, whose 
antics in pink drawers with a pair 
of yellow,^clumpy .shoes on her rear 
paws .'set the; house to roaring. It's 
great fun as . far as . Annie . is : ,con-< 
cerned and the house, took- it . the 
same way. 

DeMay and Martin - with - Sally 
Moore, iri n ballroom dancing trav- 
esty, wind up the regular acts. ;Their 
knockabout comedy, while done with 
skill; is .bhiy a titter compared to 
the belly , laughs ■ generated ' : by 
Annie's guileless and willing clomp- 
ing., .Show is finished- with' the girls 
on for a brief modern kick -number. 

Biz is Uip, With the W. C. Fields 
pic the major lure-. .. . Quin; 



\,:7 TOWER, K,C. p[ 

Kansas City, Feb. -8, 
DeMay, Moore and Martin, Emily 
Darrell, The Three Cards, Lester 
Harding, Harold Ahlstrom and Ken 
West, Herb Six House Orch, House 
Line (8); 'Bank Dick' <t/>. : ; 

'In the Money/ as the bperiing rftur 
;sical line number, gives an. idea 1 of 
what the producers hoped for when, 
this one was put together and tagged 
'Prosperity Parade.' After sitting 
thrdugh the<38 rniriutes the :ciistomer 
doesn't, quite get' that, much of .an 
impression,, but- the show is built' 
along the standard liries here . and is 
regulation, calibre... 

The Card family, acrobatic turn 
of two guys and gal, get the initial 
spot to feature teeterboard work; all 
of which centers around the various' 
members twirling into a barrel...- It's 
exacting \vork and carried off snap- 
pily. Amateur niche of the. week is 
Ailed by Ahlstrom and West iri a 
harmonica duo r two being nifty on 
'Dark Eyes' arid 'Dinah' arid . cbuld 
eosilv be macle into a: good, standard 
act.' "Line -specialty is a fencing rou- 
': tine .done to'. March, of the Operas' 
I and continues ;■ the trend . of these 
gals' to crMitrioute. something cfxtra. •> 
: Singing, m.c, Lester Harding turns' 
his song-.«c)lin? baritone on 'Frenesi 



Hearst Sale 

^Continued from p»«e 3; 



APOLLO, N. Y. 



. /Blanche Callo'way Orch (12). Cats 
and. Fiddle. . (4);: :Sporteo, Spic and 
Span, Mary Lewis Dancers (18), 
Richard Huey and. Blue Moaners 
Quartet, Sammy. Theard, George 
Wiltshire, : Vivian Harris; 'Who 
Killed 'Aunt Maggie?' (Rep). 



ond arid: . 10,000 the. third. Public ! 
viewing Monday saw 25,000 

traipsing Hp and down aisles . gasp- 
ing at fabulous pride tags, bri strange 
articles which even Hearst himself 
probably,; couldn't -identify., ■';':• - ~. 

Load of showmanship arid circus- 
ing has been put into the sale. Slick ! 
press-agency has filled the New York 
dailies, the picture mags and . the 
Wire (services for more than a week 
with thb'usatids. of .wbrds -arid loads 
of art on the show; there's ' a' letter 
writing contest for clubwomen on 
'What I would most like to- have put 
of the exhibit, arid ^why/' and it has 
been lighted with thousands of dol- 
lars- worth of baby spots and gela- 
tines by Fe'dcr, whose tricky work 
has emblazoned many a Broadway 
show. ;•';'■ 

. Sale is bejng held to furbish the 
Hearst coffers with . cash derived 
from the myriad objets d'art, trink'- 
ets arid whatnot that have lain iri 
warehouses ,lri the 'Bronx for years. 
Hammer Galleries, N. Y:, was hand- 
ed the assignment to peddle the, 
stuff on commission. It. decided, 
however, its layout wasn't big 
enough and called on Gimbei's for 
help. They split the commish. 
$11,000,000 insnraace 

.Total value bf the stuff now on 
the floor can perhaps best be Judged 
by the insurance— $11,000,000— split 
among eight . companies. That's only 
a small -portion, however, of what's 
in the. five-story Bronx warehouse 
which takes up an entire. block, arid 
its: annex, Stuff alraady moved 
downtown is said: hot even to have 
made a dent. Sal* will b* on for 
at least two ' months and as things 
are sold they'll be replaced from 
the warehouses.. Hearst, inciderit- 
ally, has five, more similar ware-, 
houses in Lbs Angeles. 

How' Hammer placed -values on 
objects which It Is obviously im- 
possible to value Is apparently a 
secret, too.' Amusing,: however, are 
the department store prices. Not 
$25,000, but $24,998 of $99,498. 

Screwy stuff no end is on sale 
most bf which Hearst himself has 
never seen. He had agents all over 
the world and merely ordered them 
to buy . and ship to his warehouse 
when he heard of . something he 
wanted! Permanent staff of 30 cu- 
rators has been at work for years 
in the Bronx cataloging the trinkets, 
which include 70 complete, medelval 
rooms, into 504' categories.. Picture, 
of each acquisition' was taken and 
filed into loose-leaf volumes (there 
are 300 of them) so the Sultan bf 
San Simeon could finger through 
whenever he had the desire for a 
look-see at his possessions. 

Spanish Monastery $30,000 
; Whit the; crowd seems to consider, 
the. wackiest chunk of . something or 
other is a Spanish' monastery (com- 
plete) which carl be had for $50,000. 
It cost the publisher .. at least 10: 
times: that much because he had to 
not only build the monks , who. were 
living in it a replacement, but had 
to Have special roads and a special 
railroad. .Constructed to get, it to the 
sea for shipment to America. It 
arrived in; 14,000 carefully-numbered 
crates which have ' reposed in the 
Bronx Warehouse, ever since. ■ 
.. Other curfbs include a silver ring 
in which mashed potatoes were sup- 
posed to be placed U$379); a mayor's 
mace of Boston, Lincdlrishire, Engi- 
land ($1,693); Spanish dishes of the 
15th century ($2,495 each ) ; set of .34 
16th century plates $(127,450), plus 
all sorts bf arm.br, .beds, ..chests, 
clocks, /doors, molding, silver prria-. 
ments, church, fixtures, stained glass, 
firearms, paintings, autographs,- rare 
books, plaques and. just, about every- 
thing else iri the world for which : 
nobody but. a -museum would have 
any conceivable' use. 

Flock of show business .names 
;haye already been down to Gimbels. 
to look thi.rig.s over and buy.' amorig 
them Maurice Evans, Gertrude Law- 
rence, Major Edward Bowes, Ganna 
Wniska and' Raymond Massey. 



. This is .a pretty, poor layout for the 
Apollo, ; Headed by Blanche Cal- 
loway's mediocre, band and the Cats 
and Fiddle quartet, it runs approxi- 
mately 80 minutes with - little hap- 
pening. Combination of Miss Cal- 
loway .arid the. -Cats' jive four is 
based on fact neither grpup is strong 
eriough in name or draw to> go it. 
alone. ; v .•':'.;;.■ '. ' . ■'■;"■.,■ 

Calloway combination : bf four sax, 
three trumpet, one trombone arid ' 
three rhythriv in v some placies is al-' 
most; amateurish, dispelling - any: 
thoughts ■ that^ poor arrangements 
could be responsible. . Writings are 
badly Svbrked out; practically all: in 
a sizzling veiri and ; played Under the 
beat of a rhythm section that's any- 
thing but steady. 

. Miss. . Galloway's vocals are, like 
the, band, loud and unappealing. She 
switches gbwns during offstage trips, 
in -the' vein of other femme leaders. : 
Occasionally . she: uses • her . brother 
Cab's style of batoning, tbysing her- 
self about in grooved terps; etc.. 

Cats arid Fiddle four are okay, but 
hardly , ariything to excite. . Consist- 
ing of three guitars of different types ' 
and a bass: ; twanger, ' the four are 
strbrig on rhythmic, instrumental 
arrangements, but - reverse that im- 
pression when they, begin adding 
vocals. In harmony . or humming , 
backgrounds to the tall soloist, the 
group fails.. 

'. Footwork of Spic and Span, tap 
dup, is: okay. . Two work well to- 
gether. Their first try is weak .due 
to n.s.g.: routining, but the second 
is- neatly . executed. Pair ' .Work 
around two chairs in the second, 
winding : up -tapping from sitting 
positions,- 

Sporteb, a' lone comic working In 
brie, is a skidder. His time onstage 
is short, and rightly so. He con- 
tributes nothing byt a string of 
rhymed comments on topical events, 
winding up in a rather blue vocal 
version of 'Ma^ He's Making Eyes At 

Me.' ■ ■• • .- ■ .;■;.■ . • 

Richard Huey and the Blue Moan- 
ers quartet are spotted in the open- 
ing dance skit labeled the 'Sheep and 
Goats : Club/ Work . consists of 
spirituals. It's strictly Harlem in 
purpose and impact. Mary Lewis 
dancers are better . than the usual 
house line, but still imprecise. Line 
is composed of 12 girls and six boys. 

Other comedy this Week is. negligi- 
ble. Amounts to one short skit han- 
dled by Sammy Theard and straights . 
George Wiltshire and Vivian Harris. 
It presents the usual so-so buildup to 
a weak, blackout. 

Biz poor.: Wood. 



BROAD, COLUMBUS 

Columbus, Feb. 2.. 
Ted Weems Orch (14) with Perry 
ComOjr. Marilyn Thome, Elmo Tanner 
and Red Ingle; Gene Sheldon with 
Loretta Fischer; Mardoni,. Dennett 
and Dae; Abram Ruvinski House 
Orch; 'Maisie Was a Lady' (M-G). 

For its first stage bill in nearly 
18 months the Broad has made an ex- 
cellent choice. Layout headed by 
Ted Weems and Co. couldn't be more 
to the liking of local theatregoers. 

One of the finest band units to play 
here in recent years, Weems prefers 
to remain In the background while, 
leading a highly entertaining 60 
minutes.. Snappy, mirth-packed re- 
vue garnered plenty of laughs and 
applause at this catching/. 

Local boy,. Gene Sheldon, master 
of pantomime, is standout. In its 
essence act (With Loretta Fischer) 
Is same as ever, changes, such as 
they may be, being almost negligi- 
ble. And, as always, a solid/click. 

Using a curtailed corribo, Weems 
wisely sticks' mostly to the individual, 
soloists: Baritone Perry Comb, long 
a fave here, before his present asso- 
ciation, sold- nicely: with, 'Trade 
Winds,' 'Only Forever* and, 'Maybe.' 
Whistler Elmo Tanner -is featured 
in 'Ciri Bin Bin/ highspot of which 
is a chorus In harmony with two 
clarinets, and a : tricky version bf 
'Glowworm/ worm- coming • to life 
via .many varircblbred > flashlights. 
Red ..Ingle clicks with, his ' old hill- 
billy number, sto^s show with a 'y.env 
triloqiiist'. turn, assisted offstage by 
Tanner; 

Marilyn Thorne, new vocalist, 
keeps in the groove .with 'Ferryboat 
Serenade.' 'Beat Me With a Boogie 
Beat' and -'Five O'Clpck, Whistle.'. 
Blonde looker (only 18) sells- deep- 
thrbatedly atid with, a little more 
stage poise v/ill,. be fighting Comb 
for the closing spot.-, ■;■/. 
• Dance team of Dennett arid Dae is; 
a hbney. In addition to clever taps 
they 'intersperse V. drumming rou- 
tine, a ia Jack Powell. Mardoni pi.e- 
,sci, is . three' magic tricks used, over 
,'md. over here;, but • njti'1-1 "nanages. to. 
sell due to hi's.:handl : int!.. ■ 

Biz excellent at show cau-ht: 



56 



Pftnt&hr 



Wednesday, February 5,. 1941 




THIS WEEK (Jan. 31) 
NEXT WEEK (Feb. 7) 



Numerals In connection with bills below indicate opening day of 
eFiqw,. whethe* 1 ;full; or split week: 




NEW YOttK fltl 

' State (fl) 
Johnny McGee Ore 
Del Rlos 
Eunice llealcy 
Joan Merrill 
Diamond . Bros'. 



WASHINGTON 
Capitol. *7) '•'. 
■Rhythm.' Rockets ■ 
YlVlan Fa ye:,- 
Brown .& Ames-' 
Karihznwa Tr. 
Joe Howard. 



Ifr/ia- Vbgeilee 
16 Roxyetles. 

.PROVIDENCE 
-Metropolitan (-7-*) ■ 
John Scat Da Via O 
Kl'dnodlers 
Moke, ft Poke 
'H'woort^Canines"' 
3 Winter Six ". 
: WASHINGTON ' 
Howard (7) 



Brsklne Hawkins O 
Mason, Burns & B- 
Count J.erby. -. . 
'■'4 Step.: Bros '•'■ 

WORCKSTKR .. 
; Plymouth (3-5) ; 

John Scat. Da vis .'0 
Barry Woq-«^ 
Don" ft Rut H ie. Lane 
H' wood Canines ' 




NEW YORK CITY 

Paramount (5> 
Glenn Miller Ore 
Dean Murphy 
Cass Daley 
Lane ft Ward 
CHICAGO 

Chicago (7) 
Cene Rrvpi Ore .- . 
Andrews Sis 
Chuck . & Chuckles 
Joey Rardln 



MIAMI 
Olympln (0-9) 
Isabeile. Jewell 
Lorraine & Rognan 
Al Trahan 
Harris. Claire & S 
MINNEAPOLIS 
Orpheuro (7) 
ftufe : Davis • ■ ' 
Ben "Blue; Co 
Kitty Carlisle , 
Tjith'rop Bros ■ 
Chrlstlanl Tr . 




BOSTON 

Keith (0-0) 
Bill Bardo Ore 
Masters' ft Rollins - 
CINCINNATI '■• 

Shunert- (7) 
Milt Brltton Co 
Patricia Ellin 
Mlnn.cvltrh Rascals 
Tommy -Rafterty. . 
Tito 

Helen Pamiher 

. (31) 
Adrlann f- Charly ■-, 
3 Pitchmen 
Watson- 81a 
Ada, f.eonai-d Ore 
CLEVELAND . 
Pnluce (7) 
Folles Itergere- 

. (31) 
Cab /"'alloway Ore 
Avis Andrews 
Cook & "Brown • j 
NIcaen & Aland 



6 Cotton Club Boys 
Mills Bros 
1 DAYTON 
. Colonial (7) , 
Ada Leonard Ore . 
Flo Mayo . 
Winnie May. ' . 
Sylvia & Clemets 
Steve Evans' 

(31) . 
James Evuna'Cb.- 
Blanche Bradley Co 
Buster -West. Co 
Tluirston 

BOCHKSTER 
Palace (7) 
Cab Calloway Ore-' 
Avis Andrews 
Oo.uli. ft Brown 
Nles.en & Aland 
6 Cotton Club Boys 
HYRACl'SE 
Strand (7-9) 
Lout* Armstrong Or 
B|g Time Crip 
Tlmmle ft Freddie 




KKW YORK CITY 
Srrund (7) 

Ray. Noble Ore'' 
Georgle Taps 
Yvetle 

J ft- J MrKenna 

. (31) 
Henry Busse Ore 
Johnny Wood* 
':. 3 Berry Bros 
« Que'ntln Reynolds 
Emerald Sis 

PttlLADEf-.PHIA' 
Earle (7) ' 

i- Sammy Knye Ore 
I Statler Twins 
t Chris Cross 
Nonchalant* 
(3D 

Streets of. Paris 

PITTSBURGH 
Stanley. (7 > 
La CongafRev 
La Compafrso Co 



Cesar ft Roslta Co 
Tito Coral 
Ferdinand, the Bull 
Del Cdrmm -& Vega 
Ramon Ore • 
-(31) 

Larry Clh'.ton Ore 
Wally Vernon 
3 Arnolds 
Condo." Bros 
READING 
Aster (7-8) 
Les Brown Ore 

WASHINGTON 
Earl* (7) 

Oae Foster Gls . ' 
Ray A Trent 'l 
Ben - Yost Co ■ 
Linda Moody. 
Gil" Lamb Co 

(30-6): . 
Goe Foster Gls 
Pansy Sanborn Co 
Stapietona 
Gene Archer 




NEW YORK CITY 
Music Hall (0) 

Robe rt Shan ley 
Paul Haakon 
Henry Calvin 
George Meyer . 
Loren Hollenbeck 
Rockettea 
Corps de Ballet 
Erno Rapee Syinph 

Roxr (») 
3 Smoothies 
Bob DupOnt . - 
Jcannlo Brldeson 
Fiiludy Tr 
Marie Hollis 
Paul Ash- Ore 

Apollo (7) 

Tail Manhattan"? 

Windsor . (0) 
Barry Jame'i Ore 
Ginger Manners 
Lynn, Boyce ft V 
.al Bern! . 
Nnucy -Mealy . . 

tfUecnsboro (8-0) 
Art Kali n Ore :■'• 
(Four to fill) ; 

. Hlvleni (9) 
Don ft Ruthle Lane 
Frances Roman 
Joe Cappl .Ore 

BALTIMORE 
Hippodrome (6) 

Piinzaflre.U .-' 

. . Hrate (0-11) 

Del Raes . 

'Al Linden 

. (6-») -. 

Jfanahlnos 

Kay. ft Blaine 

.4 Fantthoa • ■ 
. Roral (7) 

Earl Hlnes OrO. . 

Jerry Tappa '.:■,-.■ 
/ BBOOKIY.N 
. iblatbiMh («>. 

Bill : Robinson > 

Johnny Long Ore 

Pat Kenning; Co 
. Javl;' AteCoy 

i,'fcl r r:-ood l.tl'<ndei» 



CAMDEN 
Towers (7-0) 

Singer's Midgets 
HLIZABKTII 
-Liberty (6-w) 

Glenii & Jenkins 

Ming Toy 

3 Orontos 

B ft I ghaw 

Victor Maoy ft Nova 

: KALI, RlVKR 
Empire (4-C) 

Bob Howard 

TanU Ikao . 

Ross Wyte Jr Co '• 

Bob Henshaw Co 

Helene Dennlsoh:-.' 

Samuels Bros 'ft V 

FJtKEPORT 
Ffeeport (6,8) ; 
Don & Ruthle Lone 
Virginia Austin 
Aft M Havel " .-.•■' 
Naltto Tr ' 
(One to fltl) . ; 
HARTFOR0 : 
• State (7-9.) '''•• 
Major Bowes Co : 
Blanche Calloway O 
Buck ft. Bubbles . ': 
NEWARK 
Adania (7-9) '-. 
Streets - of ■ Paris. 

. PATERSON 
■ Majestic (7-10) 
Leonard, Semottft S 
Cordinl ft Tina ' 
Levan 4 Boiled 
Stuart ft . Taylor Co 
6 Marvelettos 
PlIILADKLrillA 
Carmbp (7) . 
Toy ft .Wing 
Jlmniy Leedir ■ 
O ft B. Malson ■ ' . 
Weflson Bros 
Cardovas . ' ' 
Fny'n («) 
Varlos ft Vida 
Smith. Rogers v: ■ R 
D'o.ii A rres ■ 
Maxlne De.'hnn 
TtnKv'. I v nl'l':c <•■( ' 



NEW Y0EE CITY 



- • Armuodo's . 

Ge6: Morris Ore. . . 
■Pe.dr.ito-- Ore 
Maria Spaiildlhg 

itearlicomber . 

Michael . Lorlng Ore 
Sacaaas Ore 
EUsa ■ Valladarea , 
Carmen, Amaya. 
I Mill BeriolotU'sV 
don Sj'ivlo Orb. . 
Aiigr.K- Crc' '.■• 
Jeanne ^NeXyell -■ 
Barbara La Marr 
Loretta : tane . . 
Lynri & Marianne ■ 
Patsy La Rains V 

Bill's Qaj W» . 
Charles Strickland 
T/uIh Bate? 
Fred Bishop 
Spike. Harrison - 
Harold W.lllard 
ITarr'y .-Oorvnelly. 
B'ernle'. Grauer. .. 

. Cafe Bruno ■ 
Chick Raines Ore 
Evelyn Laye ' 

Cafe Contlnfnial ' 
V&BChn Datsko : ■ 
Kordstrom Sis ' 

Alex Makofka 

Patricia Wing 

Hado Hurd- • 

Irene Stanley " ■ ^ 

Cafe DOree 
Tex' Gentry 
Louise Carroll 
Tommy ■ Tosrano 
Pat Dixon 

Cafe Pierre 
Gerry Morton Ore 
Carol. Bruce . 
■ Cnfe Society 

(Mldtowo) 
Teddy Wilson Ore 
Eddie South Ore. 
Hazel Scott 
Golden Gate .4 
Amnions ft Johnson 
: - Cnfe Koclrtj 

(VllUge) 
Henry Allen 6ro 
Meade Lux' Lewis 
Art Tatum 
Willie Bryant 
S'ammy Pierson . 
Sister' Tharpe ■ "■ 

Chnteao. Mqderae ' 
Maurice Shaw Ore. 
Gabriel . . 
Bill Taylor 
Dorothy Tanner 
Rolln Smith 
Carol Boyd 
Ted. Lane. 
AVLentz • 
Tommy Baron 
Clab ia 
G Andrews. Ore 
Peter Brent Ore 
Hazel McNulty 
Jack White ■ 
Maxlne Loomls 
LJlyan Dell . ' ■ 
Pal Harrington ' 
Frarikle Hyern. 
Jerry Blanohard 
Terry Lanky ■ 
Janet , Llnd 

Club <taocbe 

Don Miguel Oro 
Currlto ft Coral 
Marlta 

Tamara Doriva ' 
Kontana ' 
■;■-. Club.-Walklkl 
Andy lona- Oro " 
Na-Pu'a 
Tultama ■. 
. . ' Copacubana 
Nat Brandwynne Or 
Juanlta Juarez. . 
Frafil'v' Marti Ore 
Fernando Alvarex 
iBlvIra Rlos '. ' . .-. 
PatrJ'cla .Bowman ' 
Sambo Sirens . . 

Cuban Cnatno' 

■Co'na'yf Iq ' Moreno 
Don Casanova 
Dlihaa ft Helen 

■Hffl .Cforre " ■. : . 

Diamond, florseshoe 

Noble Slssle Oro 
Blanche ' Ring- ' '■. 
Gllda Gray 
Eddie Leonard 
Julian Kiting* ', . 
Harland - Dixon . 
J<rof Lambertl ' ■•■ 
VVinl Shaw 
Hortrip Spurr ■ 
Dave: Malleii - . 
Herman Hyde. '.; '■' 
Sally -Burrell 

• : . El ..Cnlro .-.'• 
Don Alberto Ore ' 
Martlne7. & Antonlia 
lioK'ta. Ooinez : ' ' 
Pepe Hurtado 
T.a Oltanlllai' 
Mni-la Lnpea . 
t(6B. Azteoas. 

I'Btn'ohS'-'.DoorV''.' 

JoeMarsnla Ore' 
Adele Olrard . 
Bee Kulmus: ' : . 
Frances' Carroll 
Mnrjnn" Bddv .. . * 

Oa> »Vhlt««. Way . 

R'-fl" F.'elda Ore ' ~ 



Fa list 9 Ourbellp'Orc 
Joan Bdwards ; 
Harris; ft Shore :' 
B<jb Shek 
Carol King . : 
Geraldlne 4 Joe ■ 



Hotel Savoy-Plaaa 

Hob Grant Oro 
John. Buckmaster 

Hotel .SheltoD k 

Johnny" Johnson Or 

I Hotel St. George 
I (Brooklyn) 

- Allen 'Kane Qrc- . • 

I lintel St. Mortis' 

I Eddie : Varzos .Ore • ■ 
f lJoa.u.vel -ft Tova 
lion . Hootoh - 
Lolo ft "Bobby;.. 

; Hotel -St. Hegls . : 

Hal Saunderii Oto r 
Oua Martel 'Oro 
Dorothy Lewis 
Heaaley Twins. • 
Hazel Franklin. 

' Hotel Tnft . 
Frnnl.Je Masters. Or 
' Hotel .Waldorf-: 

Astoria:'- ' 
. . Kmplre Room 
Le'lghton -Noble -Oro- 
Mlscha' Borr Ore'. :' 
RuHsell- S\yann .. 
Yvette ..• 

Ilurrtcune.'; 

RdUle .'Bush 'Ore "' 
Junnlta Rlos pro; ; 
Uqido Vincent 
Joan Merrill 
Wnrlco ft Novellb '. 
Winnie Hoyeler Gls 
Ireland Restaurant 

Bobby Norrls Ore ■ 
M.aniiel Ovando Ore 
0 race Dry etdale . ' 
Cass Franklin : 
Nola Day ' 



Marlon- Murray - . 
Marlon Joyce 

' Mon Paris. . 
Hey wood. Powers' Or 
Dick . Wilson Oro 
Eleaiibr French 

-Monte Carlo - : 

Ted: Straeter Ore - 
Freshmen. -. ■ 
.' Old Roumanian ': 
Joe-La Porte Ore 
Ethel Bennett - 
Sadie -Hanks •'.. - ,■..' 
J*nla Pobedlnla - 
Budd>' Walker 
Chl'qulta- Venezla ■ 
E)l_ Spl vock. - 

; 'Place Glegante 
BrnoBt Fran* Ore .. 
Berrilce Manning " -. 
Bfll Karrell ":• 
'Joe Rayazo .. 
Vincent de Costa . 
Art TuberOnl . 
Tlno DOnelll 
• ",' Queen . Marr 
Joe Ellis --.Ore -. 
LoulaevJ3rydeh 
Jean'. Walte'ra'- ■ 
Rnbe>to -' Welch 
Baron lUyldenkroa : 
Lnu Williams 
Helen Kay* 

'•' lKiniteiiO> (ihii - , 
Uacry . Wlnton . Ore 
Gloria' Hope ' 
Julian . ft Marjorl 
Jean' Murray'. 
Rn Iribow Rooni -. - 

Bei) Cutler Ore. 
Keith Clark 
Capprlla ft Beatrice: 
Roily' Rolls 



Marlon Holmes 
Collette ft Barry 

Lew Hoffman -.- 
Madley Qls 

Blaekhawk . 

Ted Flo: Rlto Orb 
Earle Leslie 
Grandfafr's Follies 

Blaekntone Hotel 
. (BaUnese ttou 

jay .Cole Orb ' ! 

' Brevoort Hotel . 
. (Crystal, Ijtooni)' \ 

Mae King 

3 Nlbllcs . 
Bob Billings ; 
■'; Bronilniont '■ ', 

Karl ' V^ayhb '., V 
Murie Young 
Shirley LUckr : 
Connje Osier 
Pat Snyder. ': 
Doris Clayton 
Herb .R'ldolphe Ore 

Clies. Parse. ... 
I.ou Breese Oro 
Jane Frohrnan 
Rufe Davis 
Four Franks' •' 
Juvelys * ':.■-'. 
Evans" Gls • 
.:. Club AtHbwm 

Charlotte Van- pa» 
Morion Moor*. '' 
Harriet Norrls 
Allen Coe ' .-• 
Rernle. Adler : ' 
rieuj- Hill... ' 
Inez Oambol •■ 
JOIfle Burton ■■ . '"».: .. 
Paullette l,a Pierre 
Dave Un«lk Ore 



Booking * the nation's leading independent 
vaudeville theatres 



EDWARD 

1619 BROADWAY ' /NEW YORE <£OL. 5-0930 



Gloria Blake 
Marlon Miller. ■ ; 
Jorge Negret* . 
Juanlta Rioa ' 
Mlml Kellerman ' 
Coley Worth ■ 
Marcla Ray ■ 
Ann Pennington. 
Betty Jane Smith 

Or'nwl'b village inn 

Anthony Tr-Jnl' Ore 
Alleen Cook 
Denise - ."' , 
Eleanor Knight 
Bernlce Manning 
Dorita 

Grace Patterson -- 
Havaoa-Mujlrtd : 
Frollan Maya Ore . 
Juanlto Sanabrla Oi 
Arturo Cortex 
Peplta ft Lucia 
Rita Montaner 
Manor ft Mlgnori 
Roslta Ortega 

Hickory Honse- 
Lou Holden Ore 

Hotel Algonqnla 
Bela Blzony : • '■ 
Renato ' 
Lfnda Tjee ■'■'■,. 
Baldwin Bergerson 
Oscar Andrea-' 
. . Hotel Aator 
Dick Kuhn Ore 
Sand* Williams Ore. 

Hotel Belmont . 
■ .-. Flasa. '. 

Arthur - Ravel Ore 
Joe Pafumy Ore 
Mlahel Gorne.r Ore 
Ow*n Gary 
Lucille Johnson • : 
Moro. ft Chita 
Belmont Balladeers 
' Hotel Blltmbr* 

Orrln Tucker Oro : 
Bonnie Baker'. 
"' -Hotel Bowiert 
(Brooklyn) - 

Eddie' Lane Ore 

Hotel Bretoort . 
Sam. Ray 
Julius Monk 
Eddl* MayeholT 
Norbert Faconl 
Elsie Houston 
Hotel Edison 

Mai Haltett Ore . 
.Madeline Gray 
Hotel Essex Boose 
Joe Relchman Ore 
Gloria Martin 

Hotel Lexington 
Lanl Mclntlre Ore 
Aggie Auld 
Napua '■ .-' 
MomlKa.1 ' 
Maleo ShaW. 
" HeAbl Lincoln . 
Tony Pastor Ore 
Lincolnalrs ' 

Hotel. McAlptn 
Isbam Jones Ore 
Shirley Lloyd. ' 
'Hotel New Yorker 

WOody Herman 6rr 
Muriel- Lane . 
;ice. Ballet, ■ ':■ ' .'? 
Erna- Andersen 
Adele. Inge ' 
Mary Lee Bennett. 
John Kinney ' 
Rpnnle. Roberts- 
Jerry Farley 
Grace May - ,. : . 
Boots. .Young - 

Hotel Park Centra i 
■ (Cocoenat (iroVe) 

Buddy Clarke: Ore 
Jack Waldron . 
JBarry, Prlrioe A C 
'Pastlns ft. Fnnohon 
3 Nightingales' 
•Scat' Powell 
Elenore Wood '- 
Robertl - - Roberts' 
Ton.l Traube- 
Hotel PennsylranlH 

Jimmy- Dorsey'Orc . 
Helen O'Cohnell . . ' 
Bob Bb'erle' 

Hot el Plaza 
Dick Gasparre Ore 
Chlqulto Pre ' 
Raye ft Naldl 
Jane Wlnton • 

Hotel Roosevelt - 
fluy 'Lombardo 0'<' 



Elaine Dowllng Gls 
Garon & Beriet 

Am Conga.; " 

Jiick Harris Ore ' 
Noro iMorales Ore .. 
Candldo B'otelho ' 
Betty ft F Roberts 
Adele Nbrella - 
Nino ft LenOra 
C de Simorie Co 
Daclta :• ' 
. IJa Martinique -.. 

Roy Fox Ore ' 
Kay-.Klmber' ' 
Herbert Curbello Or' 
..('a rlos Ramirez 
Danny- Kaye : 
Mali ft.Harl 
Larue 
Eddie Davis Ore 
Joseph Smith 0". 

Le Coq Rouge . 
Harold Nagel Oro . 
Oscar Day. Ore 
Alicia Henderson . 

Leon ft Eddie's 

I.ou Martin ' Ore 
Eddie Davis ; / 
Teddy Rodriguez 
Virginia Valley 
Margo 
Jean Mo'na 
Charles Carrer 
Dora - Maughan ■ 
-Tack Gleason 
Patricia Joyce 



; Kuban Ulen 

Nora' Sheridan: ; 

Palomo 

Voija sianoff . 

H e r mo n ; 'C h I tt Ison-.' 

Delta Uoys ■< .: 

RnNNlan Kretchma 

Nicolas Mattb'ey Or 
Peter Kemiroft Ore 
Olga IvaiioVa- ' . ' 
Na.-llu i'ollakova 
'Mai'UKla Sava 
Adla Kuznetzoft - 
Senla Kara'vae'rr 
Michel Mlchon 
Mlahl - ridanoff..- 
Arjslak Arafelova 

■ Stork Clnb 
Sonny. Kendls Oro'. . 
. Versailles ■'■ 

Nicholas D'Amlco O 
Pnnchlto Ore • 
Liiba Mallna 
Bill Robinson 
Village Burn 

Lyle Carlyle .Ore ' 
Peter Kara; Ore 
K ft M Nolan- 
June. Bentley 
Painiy Below ' 
Joan Murray 
Florla Vestoff 
Sons of Purple Sage 

Whirling Top 
3 Tops 

Ginger Wayne- 



. Blltmore Howl 

Jimmy ' Castle 
Dorothy . Brandon 
Burton .Twins 
Everett West 
3. Dee's ■ 

Chester Dolphin' , 
Chuck Foster Ore . 

- Casa Mamma 
Ivy Anderson ' 
Ford Jones 
Mitchell Sis 
Herbie Jefteries " . 
Kokdmo 

Duke Ellington Ore 
I Cocoanut ' (Jroy* 

Gow'er & Jeanne 
< 'algary Bros 
Freddie Martin Ore 
. Earl Carroll ' 
Jimmy Durante- 
Buster Shaver 
OllVe ft Geoige 
n Debonalrs : 
Beril Wallace 
Mary. Petefbeck : ■ 
Helen O'Hara ' 
Barbara O'.Drew ■'■■> 
P.eyeB'' Rhumba Bd 
St Clair ft Day 
Rhumba Ore '.. 
Slate Bros 
BUI Brady . ,. 
.Manny . Strand' , Ore 

.Florentine .Garden 

NTG 7th Edition ''' 
Fred Scott ' ~ 

Marlon Wllklns 
Kleanor Troy 
Sugar. Celse " 
;ltl.o Bros.. ■ . , 

Charlie Foy's Club 

•Cha'rHe-'Foy '.'.''-■■'■ • 
Leonard Sue's. 
George Beete •• .' 
.Wllma Novak :"' 
Gay Moran '.'•- 
Art Bernard Or* v - 
Grace . Hayes '.Lodge 
An I wa '-' Boys ' . 
Jerry Itllliard . - 
Peter- Llnd' Hayes 
Harry Carroll 
Pat" Owyer . > : 
Pauline Carroll 
Grace Hayes . 
Rebecca Hayes 

House of Mnrpby ■ - 
Naomi Wheat ' . 
Beth Reynolds. ; 
Frarikle Galls ghei 
Gordon Bishop ': . 
Snnla Day • 
Bob Murphy 
* - : . 'If Cafe . 
Dave - Forrester Ore-. 



LOS ANGELES 

. Ln Conga 



Pairl Neighbors -Ore 
B.B'.B. 

Dorothy. Dandridge 
Ulltmoiettes, '■ 
Frank Cook 
Red Knight 
Phillip Lopez' Ore 

Macembb Cafe . 

Dlnorah Kego ' 
Humbertos Bd 
Phil Ohm'an's Oro, 

Pnltndlnm' 

Glenn Gray Ore ;. 

Paris Inn 

Kenny Henri son 
Dominic 

Marg'rlte ft M'rtlo*> 

Henry Monet 
Helen Golden 
Davey Jamison 
Dorothy Heller 
Helen Harrison 
Ma'etts 
Helen Miller 
Chunk Henry . Ore 
Pirates Ilea . 

.Peg-les : Happened 
S.usa.n Miller. > 
flhadraclt, Boys 
Henry Grant-- . . 
Susan Miller. "■- 
Ciaby . La Fltte 
Black. Andy ■-, ;■ '. 
Tom- Oaroy ' 
.Charles' Stevens Or 
'Eddie' Albany' -. 

Srhehernzade Cafe - 

Vase ha Borowakl 
Russian • Oypsj-jOrc- 

' [ Sereh Bens 
Lilla klplkona 
Huananl Mathews . 
Ja ne A vela r 
• Johtile; Bright VOri 

. Somerset . Hone*' ■■■ 
•'Harry- Rlngland. ■ 
Elliott Carpenter 
Lorraine' Elliot -. 
Lou . Sal lee Ore'; . .-. ' 

. ' Suaone Inn - ;': 

J.Uiih-'Florer 
Juaneida Carter ■'■' 
Eddie ileal • 
Pork, Chop •'■■-.'.■■ 

•'. ' ToiMty.'s 
The Topsyettes { 
ijevei'ly. ft' Revel 
Pa iiJ . Locke 
Ruaa Brown- . . -. 
Marvin. Dale Ore. '. 

"■ Wilshlro Bowi 

Oon ft- Beverly 
Plfll Harris Ore 



CHICAGO 



Ambassador Hotel' 

(Pump Room) 
Larry Adler 
Virginia Hays 



Jerry. Shelton ': Ore 
Blsmarek Hotel 
(Walnnt Room) 

Art . Kssspj Ore 



Dorothy- Dale 
Eddie Rolii Ore ■ 

Clob Minuet 

Helene CarOT 
Rita liay. 
Alvlra- Morton 
Etliel Brown 
Fillmore Sherman 
Art. Fischers Ore • 
Pel Estee . . 

Colony 'Club '• 

Sac8sa.s t Oic 
Mo'ncbiia Oro' 

Colpslmos 

Edd ie White 
Llidn -Warjo 
Hazel Manjean Gls 
Janice. Davenport 
Jucl: Prince 
F Quartell Oro 
Club Pellaa 
Billy Mitchell : 
Cycloii* Alorgan ■ 
Billle Eckstein 
De Alexander' 
Chippie dill 
6 Jitterbugs . 
Rhythni Will). 
Charles Isojh 
Partelloi iju:. 
Red :saiimters Oro 
Congress Hotel 

. (Glass Hut'Rm) 

Johnny l)ui, BB Q ro 

(PeHcoek-Rm) • 
Joe Vffia : 

Edgewater Reach 
Hotel 
(Beach Walk) 

Richard Himber Ore 
Dor Dnrhen. Gls 
Herb Fodte 

Fronke'e Casino 

Harriet. Ehrllrk •' . 
Rocky Rllsworth 
Blllle Webb 
Ann Anderson 
Dick'. Conrad . 
Bob TJInsley Ore 



Graemere Hotel 
. (Glass Hoase Brn) 

Lew fltory Ore 
Marie Lawle.r . . 
Nor<t Richardson 

. HI HS)« 
Willie Shore 
Jerry Bergen ' 
Doris RobblnS 
Olnette Cnlte 
Younger OIS- ' ■'. 
Eddie Fens Ore 

: iTanhoe 

Florence Schubert 
Jerry SheltOn Ore - 
4 Bards. •: . 
Helen Sumner' 

L'Alglon 
Emll DeSalvt Ore 
Dorothy Johnson- ... 
Arsene Sieger. ' 
IsObei de Marco - 
^Hotel La Salle . 
(Bine Front . Robin) 

Kings i Jesters - 
Ruth Milam 

Liberty Inn 

Karon. Stephony 
Marlon Crawford 
Jane La' Vohne ' 
Danllee - 
Jimmy O'Nell 
Sunny Love tt ' ' 
Earl., Wiley: Ore , 
" Morrison note! 
(HostOn Oyster 
■Honsei) 
Manfred antthelf. 
" > , 'New;.- Yorker ' ■: 
Dolly :Kay > - 
toy Sedley :. 
Claire ft Hudson 
D'Arbour & Rene 
Patsy Reed 
Hoyeler Gls ■ 
Arne Barn.ett Ore • 
Al Milton Ore. 

Old Heidelberg 

lrma\ Cooper 
Sally Sharratt 
H*ld«lberg .Octette 
Heidelberg Ens 
JoLy Fianzl .{V ri o : 
■' Fronzel . Ore' 

Palmer lloune 
■ (Empire Room) - 

Eddie bucriin Ore 

Eddy Howard 

Bob Evans " 

Mkurlee ft . Cordoba 

Perez Four ■ 

■Abbott'. Dancers \. 

Phil Dopley Ore 
- Sherniun Hotel 
" (Celtic Cafe) , 

Oerie. kci'wln Ore 
JaroB Sis "• 

(Panther Room) : 
Gene Krupa ' Oro 
Bob Zurke 
Irene Daye ■ 
Chuck ft Chuckles 
Callahan Sis . 
By ton Gls 
Carl Marx 

Sliver Cloud 

Ray ilarfell 
Petrify Parker.' 
Shlrlle Sherr 
. Vat Mar Bros 
Lenore Chi.rag.oans: 
Joe Gerken 
Ralph Lynden Ore ' 
Elinor . Daniels. 
Hazel Zalti.i. 

«io6 Llnb 
Billy Carr 
Margret Fabur Gls 
Boots Burns 
Irene- Kaye 
Jerri Vapce'' 
Jackson ft Ne.dra 
Betty Shayne 
Carrie Flnnell 
Barbara McDonald 
'Rehee Andrle . 
Maxlne De Shon - 
Virginia Jones.' 
Millie Wayne 
Cecil Von Dell 
Margo 

Jo Ann Carroll ' 
Sol Lake. Ore 
Tripoli 3 

Todd's Thentre^Cafe 

Gypsy Rose Lee 
W West * McGJnty 
RQla Rila ' 
A Robins .- 
Todd Gls 
Jack i^enny • 



PHILADELPHIA 

Club Bull 



Alan Fielding Ore 
Marc-ys .& Uunsett.'. 
Caryl Gould • 
Alfonse. Garcia 
Juanlla 

. Ben Franklin 

Clyde, i.ucas. Oro ' '.; 
Lyn"T,i|cas' 
Cql'stons -'■ 

Benny, the Hnrn's- 

Morty l.andls Ore ■ 
.Billy Maples'* 
Fats : 'At't<In.3<>n 
Anita, (^handler . 

■'. Curroll'a ,'' 

Charlie '-.Gaines' Ore 
14 fnrrotlovllca 
George Wagner, •' 
Vera"- .Verne 
Connie Phillips ,.:■ 
Badje Lniig.' ~ - 
Lucille' Rand • ; ■ 
Rarice ft . tlofdon 
..;-.'••' Club lit. ,'; '.; • 

3 Musilcril Strings 
VeHta" Victoria 
3 .Glamour Gls ' 
Amy Organ : ■ 
Barbara Sron*.- 

Cusuno's .'. 
iiOu FerlnnO : .. 
Kay Trgtter.-' '■. 
Lillian .Stewart ■. 
Johiiny.Gllfoyle 
John Liicya ' ■'.:•'•; 
Harry -Smith . 
Ralph .<Saiincr'B Ore 
Cadillac Taveirp 

Henrique ft' Adr'nrie 
Kdythe Mrown 
Bopnle Stewart'.-.-" 
T.ew ft Evelyn ■ 
Cadillac Sextet. 
Harry DobDs Ore ' 

.. Embassy: .-' 
rteo Cllffoi:d. 
Helen StandlSh , 
Ijos - Cucaracliaa- ■ 
Main Monlei-la — 
Charlotte Laub'erton 
Carlos- Reyes Ore ■: 
Curl Weller Ore 
Evergreen Casino . 
Alice St John 
Nltsi'a ft- Ravel 
Pat; t'liandlor • 



Doris Elliott 
Pat Shevlln Ore 
1023 LoroHt . 
Bubbles Shelby 
Elaine Bills 
Emily. Saunders 
Elaine Block - 
Lorraine Rhode ' 
Mickey De* 
Keller. Sis 
. Jv'ay' Loverly 
Perry from Erie 
-LltU* Ciiesar 
George Sanson .' 
Kings af Swing Or" 

tiar 00'p Cnfe 
Cccir Williams 
Little Van Osborne 
May Joy. 
'Anri-.Frsher 
Nak* .& Sake ■ 
Ch ick Will lama Ore 
HenrlV 

Darvls. ft Aflctie . 
Lou Kama 
Alice; Burrh : -..', 
. (H Walton. Roof);' 

Vincent. illzzb ; ( ire 
Leona Starr .. 
Betty June. Cooper^ 
t'jrh'ds,. Glenn- • 
Felicia 
Glamour Gls 
Helen Heatii 
Bob Russell '■•.■■'. 
Nino. Nanl 
•Vera Nlva : , 
I^oiila Morrison ■■ 
Popplrio ft Carmeu 
Carlos CampoB 
Florence ft Alvarez 
Michael Saridlna 
Nell: Fontaine. Ore 
Augusfo Sanabla Or 

TH«i**! Philadelphia 
(Philadelphia Bm) 

Carlotta bat* 
Fredrleo ft DanKIn 
Dick Wharton Ore 
■ : Jam Session ;' 
Joe Vifrecehlh ... 
Mickey Houce - 
Micky. Rogers 
Dynamite Hooker ■ 
Billy. Kretchmer '.'■ 
Teddyf Walters . . 
HopklnN'Rathskeiler 
trying Draalow'p' Or 
Foenchpn ft Cumlllo I 



Vera McQovem 
Agnes Barry 
Sunny Rae 
Jeanple Van 
Audrey Joyce ' - 
Slngln' Sain 

... Xatlpier Clob . 

Ann Rush , ' ' . ' 
Mike Rlzto ore .- . 
Barbara Bradley 
Joanne McFarland 
Joanne Sheer . • 
Frances Lenog 

■■'..■. lido Venlee V 

Harry. McKay . 
Smiles ft. Smiles 
Lillian. Fitzgerald 
Cats ft the. Fiddle 
Buddy Lewis 
The Novelette G)s 
Dan Verses Ore 

..tittle Rathskeller 

Sterdusters 
Renee Villon 
Sterling ft Ruble 
De Lloyd McKay - 
J»n Murray . 
Victor' Hugo Or*;. <■ ' 

- Monoa Inn 

Jack Hltchliis'iin" 
Edythe Sallade 
Shandor ft Margo ■ 
Marcella Trio , '• 
Tony Bddlhg ' . 
Newell ft^Hutch sor. 
Frank Cuneo Oro •-. 

. Mayo's : ; .'.'. 

VI ncen t ft La ne . 
Ous Johnson : 
Joe Campo- . 

Mlnstrell Tavern 

Dot, K*lng ft 4 Tones 
Ed McGoidrlck, Sr 
Sissy Lofttis 
Margie' March ■ •'■ 
Bella Belmont ' 
Ed McGoidiielc, jr ; 

: Park-' Casino 

Miss C'imm.lnfis 
Edpla Shepherd ' 
H .dumtnlngs .Ore . 
Lynda' 

Oprn Door Cafe 

Dot Bollinger ' ' 
Helen Wilson 
Cleo' Batr ■ 
Billy Mayes Ore 
♦ Octaves . 
Old: Covered Wagon 
Walter 'Jeffrey.''. • 
Micky Famlmrit 

. Palumbo.V '"-..'■' 
« Shades of Rhythm 
D ft R Marshall 
Wade ft Wade 
Terry .Shermi'n 
Mona Stanford' 
Billy Lee 
Rrma Lynn.. 
Jim Wong Tr 
Hit ward Reynolds O 

Red Hill Inn 
(I'ennsaakeA. N. A.) 

Staupy Swln^sters ' 
Don ft Dorese • 
Fnrnk Ponti 
3 Peppers - 
Lou Boyle . 
VI vl Austin . 
Nllea. ft Joanne . 
Neff Bros ft -Fischer 
Florence Morton 
Marie T.alill 
Dee Rogers 
Diane Collier 
Sid Raymond . 
Dolores 



•Do Lamars 
LRUs Van OsbOrne 
69tb St, Rathskeller 
Maasa Bobby Lee O 
DorOth'y Johnson 
Loretta Navarre 
Louise Hamilton . 

B.lly. ' '; '- 

4 Black Spots • 

Takayama 

Karel ft Yvonne 

Dorothy Johnson 

Pets Hayes 

- School Hoase Inn 

Buck : Caltioun: 
Jean O'Nell- '. 
Lee, Paige - 
Andy Russell . 
Moyd ' Mann ','■". 
Lonnle Little . 
Jlmmle Veitutl -Ore.' 
Silver • I^ike Inn 

Marilyn Mayne •■ *' . 
La. -Roche ft Rein* - 
Colonel Reed- : 
Alice Lucey ;> 
Frank Hessel Ore ' ' 
Rendeivbaa- - 
. (Hotel Seaator) ' 
t Blues "' 
Lee- Caqdell -' 
Tbny - Lahe. Trie. 
HuKO-Klahre : ' 

Beaie: st Bpys 

• .Stamp's'. ." :'■. 
George]. Marchettt O. 
Joyeltes- , • 
Collegian' Trio -." 
HbttlepWlnters. 
Helen Barrle !■■ 
Helen' Jerrlco '. 
Hazel -Calloway . • 

Swan Clab 

Flash Lane 
Rulson 

Morgan A Bar! 
Ton! Sarelll ' 
1.01a Claire 
Henry ..Patrick's;. Ore . 
Freddy '. Bcrna.rd. 

itOtli Century 

Ktlchael Pedlcln ' 
.1 Loove Nuta . . - -. 
i Men of -Rhythni. -. 

Venire Grille . 

Eddie Thomas. 
Bert Lemlsch Ore . 
Fay' Wray ■ ' 

Warwlek Hater 
Ray ■ Morton Ore ; 
Wcber't Hot llraa 

• Camden 
Jules Flacco-. Oro . 
.t-'urran '-Bllgh 
Slgrtor Carmlno" .' 
Put Sullivan 
Jack Smith 
Dave Peterson.. . 
Syd -Golden ; 
KathB'r Eldnrndlane 
Mia Miles Ttio 
Ca-.-Hons - 

Gypsy Monya 

> .wiiBon'e. 

Art -Mathtics . 
I«onora JiicUson- 
Jliirry While . 
Jack - ft J Gordon . 
ICIee Ko 

Sinclair ft Leroy 
Joa. Hough- 
Geo Baquet Oro 
Yacht Club 
ScareyGavIn 
De-Marcosi 
Dolly Bruce 
Jea:« Rlre 
Rddte Mathewe 
Mary N.avls; . 



CLEVELAND 



. Alpine: Village 

.Bernlce ft Parks - ; 
Bob Copter : :• 
Carl Mueller ; . 
Otto Thurn Ore 

Freddie's Cafe 
Art Lackey Oro ,. 
Al. flchenck 
Roy Raysnr 
Hal Simpson 

Gourmet. Clob." .. 
E Robinson Ore 
Bill Loekman 

Hotel AHerton 

Karen Torejr .. 
Louts Clna 
Jack Mlko 

. : Hotel Carter 
Versatlilans ' 
Bob Qpitz 

Hotel Cleveland 

Paul Pendarvls Ore 
Margaret English : 

Hotel Fenway Hall 

Gene Er win Ore . 

Hotel Sterling , 

Jimmy' Van Osdell 



Qulnteros 
Lester Chafetx 
Hotel . Hollende* 

Sylvia Froos . 

Paul Rosinl • ■, 
Georges ft JoAna 
Sloan A- Dairy 
Sorelll : 

Sammy Watklns Or 
Hotel Statler 

Jose' Moraiid' Oro 
Nllda 

Antonio ft . Bleha ' 
Catallna Rolon 

- Jack A Eddie's 

Rubertlno, Roberto'' 
Babe Sherman 
Arlen* Rica Oro 

V La Conga Club 
Ramon Aria* -Ore 
. Lindsay's Bar 

Judy Preston 
Pearl DeLuocS 
Regal Club 
Ducky Mai v In Oro' 
Thlrty-Sevea Clnb 
Pat . Dennis 
Cunningham' Sis 
Jean Delters 
I Debs,:. 



DETROIT 



Book-Cadl|lar Hotel 
' (Book Casino) 

Fernandez' ft Tere'a 
Bob- Neller 
Dorothy Barton' • " 
Morris' King. '. 
Eddie Le BSron Or 

(Motor Bar) ' 
Jay, Cos 

.- Bowery . 

DeSlnione Cb.hga Da 
Mildred Rock . . .'.- 
Marlowe- ft King ' ■ 
Harvey -Stone . 
Don Arden 'Dane 
Johnny King 
■Chns. Carlisle' .;;. ' 
Benny; Resh. Ore 
• 'Casanova' ' '- 

i-van Bankoff Co '.' 
Mile Melalne , 
.Nlckolas &.;Sylvi ' : : ; 
.Madelon Baker: ■'-.' . 
-Glamor Gls : 
^Lee' Walter Ore. .' 

Corktown - Tavern ' 

Hal-broriscn -;-■:'', 

Ellen . Kay* ■ 

6 V'esters : 

Eddie Bra t ton Ore 

Cole ft' Cbrte .-. 

Neville, ft Day -,'.' 

Ann-Lee 

Don Andre pro . 

Commodore . 
Jerry Bergen 
Dick Worthlngton / 
Don ft Bet te Lyfihe. 
M Kr.etlow Line .( (1 1 . 
Vere Wlrlvllle Ore, 

Hnnd'e. 
i Old Timer* :. 
Joey. Raye Trio 

(Continued' 



I^ndon -Chop House ' 

Tonla- Vslentl : 

R u by O'r.c ■'.■-,. 

.-■'! Mbroe«*| . 
:Carol Rotli : ' 
r, Sparkletle* . . . 
Mel Snyder • • 
Will Henderson Ore 

Nebwlo'e V 
D.I loVSriiil 
Carmen' 
Cartos ft Chita 
Guy. Ulbby.. 
Leonard Seel Ore' '. 

-North n'eM - 
DuanOs 

Jerry lAWtpn.. . • 
June Carmen 
Dlan* -ft 'DeLys- . 
Ray 'Carlln Oro.-' 

.'..Palm Beacit 
Bill Manoney . 
Sltutta ft Kent ' 
Orlando-. 
Mounts ./Drake . -.' 
Don Pablo Oro- 

Haok's Redferd Inn 

Mac . McGraw Ore 

■ Clob; Roy ale 

Lester' COI* .4 Deb's 
Key • Ta> lor ,- : 
Maryen ft: Maurice' 
O.epe Fields • - 
Louise Martell 
Bernard Dane 
Roy ; Tracy ' 
panny. Demeiry Ore 

. SakS Show Bar . 

Jean -Blue 
Floretla ft Boyette 
Cor'bett A Lorraine 
Harriet Cross " 
on t>age 62) 



Wednesday. February 5, 1941 




LEGITIMATE 



57 







PartnerSr Tefl R A. How to Behave 



■fr- 



Frank Sullivan, former, newspaper 
humorist who is among the mob of 
21 that has. shares . of 'Arsenic and 
Old Lace,' Fulton, N. Y„ felt that he 
should Write pieces for. the papers 
and landed an excellent yarn in the 
N. Y. Times about the show on the 
Sunday before It opened. Then 
when the notices rated , 'Arsenic' a 
sure thing, Sullivan figured he had 
completed his • bit . and since then 
nothing by him has appeared. 
. However, Dick Maney had been 
appointed to publicize, the show, and 
Sullivan, as one of the p.a.'s bosses, 
decided that Maney should be ad- 
vised as to his conduct. He there- 
upon wrote Maney the . following 
letter: ;; . . 
My deor Maney, : 

You will appreciate; I; know, that 
in our new relation as master end 
employe, it would not be seemly jor 
■me to. address you as 'Dick.' 1 en- 
close a brief article tohtch 1 wish you 
would insert in the Bayonne Courier 
■ some time before the Fourth of July. 
: I am sure that you and I are going 
to get along simply finely in our 
work on this theatrical production, 
.'. and you- are not going to find me a 
difficult boss. You just do your part 
and you will find that Sullivan, the 
workingman's friend, is . square 
shooter. However, t would consider 
myself a good dear less than frank 
were I not to speak to you of certain 
small, matters at this time. 

Dick, I mean Maney, you are now 
on my staff , and I know that I do not 
need to remind you that that posi- 
tion carries with it a certain respon- 
sibility. Remember, you are not now 
acting as just plain old Dick- Maney 
-rryou are acting as Sullivan's Dick 
Maney, and your actions will be 
judged in that light, and while a cer- 
tain geniality is in order and has my 
approval, you must never forget 
your dignity to the point of descend- 
ing to. the frolicsome. '" 

An occasional drink? Quite all 
right, but you must always ask your- 
self,. 'Would Frank take this drink?' 
before you take it. Be careful also 
of your associates. Frankly, I would 
avoid Bleecic'Si or to be more specific, 
the society of ■ the newspapermen 
who hang out there, for the time 
being. Newspapermen are, to be 
sure, a happy, devil-may-care, reck- 
less, . h'ere-today-and-gone-tomorrow, 
easy-come-easy-go, spendthrift, jolly 
and congenial set of chaps, and in 
their place I like them, as I used to 
be a newspaperman myself, but I 
must say to you frankly that I do not. 
think that it would enhance your, 
and consequently, my social postflon 
were you to be seen too often in the 
company of such ink-stained 
wretches as Richard Watts, Jr., 
Geoffrey Parsons or Ogden Reid. 
Buy 'em a drink, once in a while, 
and be affable, hut keep them at 
their distance. I will write you fur- 
ther instructions at some Xater date. 



to Star 



Harry Carey is slated, to be 
starred in the dramatization of Max 
Miller's novel, 'A Stranger Came to 

Port,' although the producer is: not 
definite. Story Is being, dramatized 
by . Edward J. and M. A/Marr. Marr 
attracted . attention., by renacting- the; 
tough 'Baby Face Martin' in 'Dead 
End,' It is his first try at play- 
wrighting. 

Deal is being handled by Pat 
Duggan,; with -production expected 
early in the spring. Carey came 
east" from Hollywood with, his. wife, 
Olive, some weeks ago. : : They are 
•f residing in Great Neck. 



Fever ? Claims 
Going to Arbitration 



■ Rehearsal pay . claims of players. 

; who appeared in .'Horse Fever,' a 
short-lived comedy which played 
the Mansfield, N. Y., earlier this 
winter, are to be settled by arbitra- 
tion. Show was presented by Alex 
Yokel with the backing of the Shu- 
berts and it is the latter who are 
contesting the claims. Total amount 
involved is said to be less than $500. 

-. 'Fever' gave a number of paid 
previews, .cast getting one-eighth of 
a week's pay for each.' Since they 
also rehearsed during the days of 
preview performance, pay. for re- 
hearsals was also payable. Yokel is 
reported agreeing, that double work 
made : the players' entitled to Regu- 
lar rehearsal cpmpensatibn which is 
$20 weekly. Shuberts, however, are 
reported contending that the Equity 
rule is.'oppressive.' 

About two years ago : Herman 
Shumlin brought up a similar point. 
He argued that if actors, were paid 
for previews an additional day of 
rehearsal should . be allowed for 
each. Equity, assented and the rule 
was inserted in the standard con- 
tracts. . 



Plan 

To Ease Up Stringent 
Child Labor Regulations 

- Relieved of office detail he for- 
merly handled for the Associated 
Actors & Artistes of America, Frank 
Gillmore is occupied with a num- 
ber of matters expected to be bene-, 
ficial to the profession. He is work- 
ing on a plan to tour shows in South 
America, . is interested in the co- 
operative purchasing plan for actors, 
while his . latest activity is directed 
towards obtaining more liberal 
legislation concerning kid actors. ■'. 

. Gillmore appeared before Equity's 
council last week and explained at 
great length the difficulties of tour- 
ing shows in which children appear. 
He plans, a widespread effort to cor- 
rect such conditions, going consid- 
erably further than outlined in a ; 
bill recently introduced at Albany 
to standardize the regulations in the 
state of New York. 

In a goodly percentage of plays 
youngsters are necessary in story 
development and have been since 
the days of Shakespeare. Up to now 
state legislatures in . labor law re- 
strictions have included stage chil- 
dren in the general classification. 
Most such laws are protective meas- 
ures to prevent the use of child 
labor. Realized now that there 
should be exceptions in the case of 
those used in on the stage. In some 
states minors under the. age of 18 
are prohibited from acting. While 
the city of New. York will grant 
permits for kid actors, there is 
plenty of red tape connected with 
their appearances. . 

Plans, as made by Gillmore, seek 
relaxation of the enforcement of the 
stricter regulations when stage kids 
are . used, if new legislation cannot 
be obtained. As there are no cases 
of hardship, for child players, that 
objective is not believed to be diffi- 
cult to obtain. Equity will shortly 
move along the lines suggested, with 
the support of other stage unions, 
the managers, through the League 
of New York Theatres, and the 
Dramatists Guild. 




Playwrights, McCHntic, Gil- 
bert Miller, Abbott, Serlin 
and Shumlin Named as 
Participants— Boston, 
Balto, PhiUy and Chicago 
Houses in Negotiation 



EXPANSION SEEN 



MANAGERS, DRAMATISTS 
TO EXTEND AGREEMENT 



Huddles between committees rep- 
resenting the Dramatists Guild and 
the managerial board of the League 
of New York Theatres point to the 
extension of the minimum . basic 
agreement, which expires at the end 
of this month. There will be some 
changes, but none of a radical na- 
ture. So far there has been no dis- 
cussion on the managers' suggestion 
that the sharing on picture rights 
money revert to a. 50-50 basis, in- 
stead of 60% going to the authors 
as during the ; past .five years. Pro- 
ducers^ have evidently decided . not 
to make that point an Issue. 

Among the new rules which the 
authors insist upbri is that managers 
cannot produce any foreign, play un- 
less- the author is a member or .joins 
(Continued on page 62) 



Announced that negotiations are 
going on between a group of Broad? 
way producers/ and Boston, Balti- 
more, Philadelphia and- Chicago le- 
git theatre owners pointing to the 
formation of . a new independent, 
booking outfit that would oppose the 
United Booking office, operated 
jointly by • the Shuberts .and Er- 
langer interests. Several plans for a 
new booking system were outlined 
in the past several years, but were 
riot fulfilled. However, it is known 
that" a number of producers have 
been at odds With the UBO over in- 
dicated arbitrary methods. 

New booking idea would be op- 
erative in the cities named, but it is 
contended that its activities could be 
expanded, as the UBO only has a 
monopoly in Washington and Pitts- 
burgh.' Elsewhere road houses play 
attractions independently booked and 
other shows from the UBO. Claimed 
that previous attempts at indie book- 
ing failed because not being well 
enough organized and sans proper 
financing. 

Several Broadway producing or- 
ganizations have been named as par- 
ticipating in the newest indie book- 
ing move, but others who have been 
at odds with the UBQ at various 
times and who booked some stands 
independently are expected to come 
in on the plan. Those named are 
the Playwrights Co., Guthrie Mc- 
Clintic /(including; Katharine Cor- 
nell), Gilbert Miller, George Abbott. 
Oscar Serlin, Herman Shumlin and 
Howard Lindsay and Russell Crpuse. 
Theatres 

Theatres lined up by those promul- 
gating the new booking setup are 
the Maryland/ Baltimore; Repertory, 
Boston; Walnut, Phila., and one of 
three Chicago . houses. The Balti- 
more house has been independently 
booked for around 10 years and. the 
UBO has not been able to do any- 
thing about it. 

When the Shuberts and Erlanger's 
decided to merge their booking de- 
partments the. general plan , was to 
book : not more than one show in a 
week stand at the same time. By 
eliminating opposition in the legit 
field out of town it was thought that 
such method would be for the bene- 
fit of managers . generally. Those 
who have visited the week stands, 
however, say that local showmen are 
not satisfied With the UBQ serv- 
ice, paving the way for the indie 
move. '. 

. Number of showmen are especially 
dissatisfied with the ticket situation 
in Boston. This is not blameable on 
the UBO, however. It Is charged 
that the Shuberts control tickets 
! through the Herrick agency in the 
' Hub, though they deny it. Because 
of the Herrick system," visiting show- 
men have complained, that their 
shows suffer at the bbxoffice'. 

Booking monopoly has; been suc- 
cessfully opposed- before, .. 'Abie's 
Irish Rose' was independently booked, 
Anne Nichols. ; renting ■ theatres ;in 
rmany stands. Currently Serlin is do- 
' ing the : same thing, playing . 'Life 
With Father' at. the Empire, N. Y., 
and. having ■ rented theatres in Chi- 
cago VBjackstone), Boston (Reper- 
tory) and Philly f Walnut); Boston 
company opens in: the: latter spot 
about March 15. - Chicago 'Father' 
company celebrates completion of a 
year's stay; with' a party Saturday 
(15) next week. ' 





to bunday dhows 
Sabbath Matinees Also Gain Favor 



Tniex's Bad Knee 



Ernest Truex : is. ' appearing in 
'George Washington Slept Here,' 
Lyceum^N, Y., under difficulty. His 
right knee, which he calls 'a nuckle;* 
was dislocated for the second time 
and he is wearing a steel brace. 
; . Truex Originally Injured - the knee 
when the play ,was in Boston, acci- 
dent happening -when . he . fell from 
a table oh the stage. Because of 
treatment the Broadway opening 
was set back and further delayed 
When Berton Churchill suddenly 
died. : ••• "' ''■'■ -.'•■■'' ; 



s 



Coin Trouble in Philly, 
But May Religbt There 



'Rhapsody in Black,' produced by 
Lew Leslie, which abruptly . stopped 
at Erlanger's, Philadelphia, Jan. 25, 
may relight there at . the Shubert. 
Latter house has been dark for some 
time. Reported that the company 
was stranded, but stated early this 
week that the players returned to 
New York last Saturday (1). : 

There was no guarantee deposited 
with Equity, Leslie having been told 
that so long as his show remained in 
Harlem such requirement would hot 
be insisted upon. First that Equity 
knew about 'Rhapsody' going out of 
town was when it opened in Balti- 
more recently. Before the colored 
cast revue can . open In. New York, 
Equity will probably insist on the 
guaranteeing of salaries. 
" Shutdown at Erlanger's after five 
days was caused when William Gold- 
man, leasee of the house, demanded 
$1,300 which he claimed was due 
from Leslie for money expended on 
the show's behalf. Booking had 
been for two weeks. House is hold- 
ing the costumes, sets and lighting 
equipment. 

Backers of the Leslie show were 
said to be Harry Schumer, N. Y. 
transfer man, and Bert- Ettinger, 
Brooklyn attorney. Schumer says 
he did not put up cash, but did ar- 
range for the rental of costumes and 
lighting apparatus. 



HEAT" SR0SAT. NIGHT 
DESPITE CRITICS' PANS 



Members of the company of 'Old 
Acquaintance,' at the Morosco, N.Y., 
co-starring Jane .Cowl and Peggy 
WoOd v refer to the show as 'Arsenic 
and Old Acquaintance.' 



'Crazy With the Heat' resumed at 
the 44th Street, N. Y., last Thursday 
(30) as announced, show being ad- 
vertised $3.30 for a $4.40 musical, 
scale having been dropped, from the 
original price when the revue opened 
and folded after seven performances. 
Critics covered the show a second 
time; because of the talent and mate- 
rials, and changed routine under the 
direction of Ed Sullivan, News col- 
umnist, and associates, .but again 
most notices repeated the origi- 
nal thumbs down opinions.- 

Exception was made by Burns 
Mantle, "News reviewer. He gave. 
'Heat' 'two stars' .'in his first notice, 
j indicative Of a flop.! Mantle's second 
[ notice was of 'three star' rating, 
meaning it is good. He may be right, 
for 'Heat' played to standee attend- 
ance Saturday (1) evening, - after a 
fair matinee, and oh Sunday , night 
(2) tickets back to the last two rows 
were sqld. 

'^Explained that when Kurt kasz- 
ner produced the. show, a number of 
players'; contracts called for featur- 
ing, with several refusing to follow 
certain people" or- skits. Because of 
that; the routine, was faulty. /When : 
Sullivan and his coterie took over 
new contracts., were Issued; .prin- 
cipals taking, cuts and .no. provisions 
being written into the contracts. Un- 
derstood that the performance was 
improved by suggestions from 'Nick 
Holde, general manager of. 'Heat,' 
whose . opinions, earlier Were not fol- 
lowed. , In addition to Equity mak- 
ing, concessions, the stagehands as- 
I sented to using: five or six men less 
I In the crew, musicians allowing the 



Swing to Sundays is becoming 
more prevalent along Broadway. 
Managers are becoming . convinced 
that there is: a clientele' for stage 
performances that . cannot be had 
during the week. That was one of 
the points made, when the Sabbath 
experiment was decided on. , Equity- 
ites are more than gratified -at the 
development though most standouts 
still stick to the 'Monday to Satur- ' 
day schedule. 

The idea of playing Sunday ma- 
tinees is also spreading, more shows 
going on in the afternoon and even- 
ing, while Monday ! night . and Wed- 
nesday matinees are bemg. scratched/ 
Longest stayer on the iist, , '.Tobacco 
Road' (Forrest), was the first show, 
to give Sunday afternoon perform- 
ances.. Shows which have followed 
are 'Cabin in the Sky' (Beck), 'Meet 
the People' (Mansfield), 'Johnny 
Belinda' (Longacre), and Tlight to 
the West' (Guild)/ Latter show ex- 
perimented for the first time last • 
Sunday (2) and will continue eve- 
ning performances then. Sunday (16) 
next week, 'George Washington Slept 
Here' (Lyceum ), which has been on 
the Sunday night group,, will also' 
play the matinee, and the following 
Sabbath, 'The Man Who Came to 
Dinner' (Music Box) will do like- 
wise. 

Draw of 'Cabin' oh its first Sun- ; 
day matinee, when the show played 
to standees, appears to have influ- 
enced managers of other plays to 
try the same schedule. ' Figuring 
that stage plays are more in com- 
petition with the picture houses 
during the day than evening on 
Sunday, ticket scale is . mostly 
dropped to $2.20 for the matinees. 
Moderate price admissions are' 
clearly in demand, on Sundays and 
that is the reason why musicals at 
$4.40 top are hesitating about getting 
aboard the band wagon. 

Other. shoWs have held off th« : 
Sabbath on the ground- that the 
shows playing then are mostly in- 
betweeners, but some shows are 
among the sturdy grossers and the 
continuance of engagements are def- 
initely credited with the . 'new 
money' that is being attracted. 
Broadway noW has 12 shows play- 
ing on Sundays, strongest front yet 
offered. Five are musicals, they be- 
ing 'Hellzapoppin' (Winter Garden),. 
'It Happens on Ice* (Center ), 'Cabin,* 
'People' and 'Gtazy With the Heat,* 
4/th Street, which fared well on the 
first try and will add Sunday mati- 
nees. . 

There Was a distinct offish trend 
In business last week; which made 
the goodly Sunday takings, the more, 
important. Saturday (1) matinee 
was unusually strong all along the 
line. Grosses were on the down side 
for the week, but would have been 
markedly, off but for the Sabbath 
draw. 



Charleston's B. O. 

Charleston, W. Va., Feb. 4. 
: After many years without a legit 
show, this city shows signs of be- 
coming a highly profitable stand for 
touring . companies. "Tobacco Road' 
drew about $6,000 in two perform- 
ances Jan. 24-25 at the Auditorium, 
despite bad. weather. Road .edition 
of , 'Hellzapoppin' is booked in Feb. 
24^-25, and Tallulah Bankhead in 
The Little Foxes' plays a bne-nlghl 
March 10. . 

Harry Lashinsky Is booking the 
3,500-seat Auditorium for the May- 
fair Amus. Enterprise. } : 



'Cease Firing' 6it Coast 
' , Hollywood, Feb. 4. 

Leon Connell is producing a three- 
act stage drama, 'Cease Firing,': at 
the Westwood Theatre Guild Play- 
house, opening Feb. 7. 

Play is authored by "Ptis -Wiles, of 
the Columbia publicity staff, fchd 
j Marjorie Driscdll. 

': orchestra to be . similarly curtailed. 
!• Sullivan: lauded' the show in ;hii 
■ News column last Friday (31) de- 
spite the notices. Idea of relighting 
the revue was praised along Broad- 
way and in Equity ' circles, since it 
means jobs for more than 100 peo- 
ple. 



58 LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday;, February 5, 1941 



Inside Stuff-Legit 



The story of .Noel Coward's rise to theatrical fame was detailed In a 
two-part article by Charles B. Cochran in the Sunday Chronicle, London, 
during December. The . manager- and Coward, whciii he; called 'Cocky,' 
were associated oyer a pefiod of -nine years starting with 'On With the 
Dance' in 1025 and' ending '-.with .'Coiwersatioh;. Piece' in ; 1934. • including 
6uch of the author s works as ( This Year of Grace/ ; 'Bitter Sweet/. Pri' 
vate Lives,' ''Cavalcade! /arid. 'Words and Music' 

Second installment of the .yarn had an .additonal note, from/ Cochran, 
who wrole;-- l Wilh'-"r.eferehce'-*to ; the; first' 61 my two ' articles about Noel 
Coward, 1 am considerably embarrassed as being described as/'tbeman 
who made him.' X would' not dream of making such a claim. He was 
endowed by God -With great gifts, -not -.the least of which is tremendous 
peisevencuGC, and. he was . .bound' to arrive : at his. pre-eminent positiph 
In the theatre whether he had . become associated with me or. hot.' . 

'Words and Music/ written in entirety by Coward ] and • more costly 
than most Cochran revues'; V/as the first of his shows sponsored by . the 
producer that was/ riot profitable;/ A Revival; of 'Hay Fever' was warmly 
greeted, but it too lost money, making two. flops in. "a ro\y. However, 
after he tCluiM'o I from New York,' where he appeared . with^ the Lunts 
in 'Design for y Living/-' Coward/ Wrote 'Conyersat.iori .Piece/ which, was , 
a hit. T.vjl .ended/ the ^CochraniCo ward association^: author deciding to. j 
form a 'pKi-tn'orsKip- .'with' John C WilsOii: to . produce his . own arid, other 
people's plays.; Both itv England arid /New York. The Limts are ; in; oh', 
the Cown ml -Wilson ■ projects^ V,'.'/./. : i \ \ '.[ : - 



Foldap of Palmerton's 
Pprti Me., Stock Has 



7 



Jt is not unusual for Broadway managers to take extra space ads In 
the dailies to reprint exerpts from critics' ireviews, but reproduction of 
a notice in full is. rare. Headed .'A Variety Mugg; reviews 'Lady in the 
Dark.' the .complete notice written by ^Hob'ert''j.■'tarid'ry;.(LaTldy■whic>;.ap.- 
peared in last week's : : issue '.(Jan. 26), was 'reprinted in. the Times' and 
Herald-Tribune oh Monday: (3); space used being nine inches .deep. across 
four columns. : : '■"'■:•' ■'•' ' •/ . '.7 ' " .' „• ,-•••.'..- 

. Land went to town in cpyerihg 'Lady,' at the/ Alyin", as did most- re'- , 
viewers. Odd angle to the reproduction's heading was the absence of the 
theatre's name and that of Gertrude Lawrence, who is starred in. the show, 
though there is generous :m'entioh of her in the rtotice. ..Regular daily ad 
of the show and house, however, appeared ■, in- the usual form, With Miss 
Lawrence regularly credited, also the featured people. 

There was no mention either in the extra space insertipn of the pro- 
ducer, Sam H v Harris, 1 hpr- the authors, Mpss Hart, Kurt Weill and Ira 
Gershwin. . Understood that the idea to rep.rmt.' Variety's rtotice .was 
made by Hart; Harris readily assenting.. Former is visiting the latter at' 
his new Palm Beach home. 'Stunt, which cost around $1,000, was a ges- 
ture to Variety, which explains the exclusion of other credits. Hart figured 
.that onjy a small percentage of laymen read Variety and he. wanted to 
'prove that it isn't as hard t- boiled as it's -reputed to be. V. 



Ed Sullivan, N Yv News- columnist; came into 'Crazy With the Heat/ 
revised edition, ; via Gracie Barrie and Betty Keen, songstress and dancer 
in the original production; who argued that they thought the revue had 
a chance with refurbishing. Respecting their judgment, the newspaper- 
man' looked it over and figured that a Lpew's State-type of staging— the 
vaudeville idea, as with his fcrmer units — might do the trick. He himself 
accpunted for seme $3,500 cash additional, Dave Marx, the toyman, $1,500 
more, and the difference up to $15,000 more working capital came from 
the original producer, Kurt Kasznar,/ and. his family.' Latter lis supposed 
to be over $130,000 in the bpx already on the show. 

Diosa Cbstelle went into 'Crazy' the same day she .was to have ppened 
at Lpew's' State, N. Y., but did so at much less, following Sullivan's get- 
ting her out of the commitment with Sidney Piermpnt.. News* columnist 
leaves for a fortnight in Miami, Feb. 22; 



While stage performances in London are sporadic, shews are playing 
the provinces with regularity.: Recently the D'Oyly Carte Opera Co, 
played a fpur-week date in Glasgpw, with very good business drawn, the 
Gilbert and SUllivan troupe follpwing that date with two weeks iri; 
Blackpool. •' 

While the D'Oyly Cartes would, be a natural pver here as previpusly, 
the outfit apparently has no intention of coming over this season. Hazards 
of an ocean trip is a probable reason. ■ The G. & S< organization drew 
capacity at the Martin Beck theatre, N. Y. Private advices, reaching here 
are to the effect that the American' visits were due solely to Beck. 



During an attack of grippe which caused the postponement of the 'Lady 
in the Dark' premiere at the Altin, N. Y.', Gertrude Lawrence lost around 
Bix pounds. Despite the fact that the star is on tne stage during most of 
the performance, she regained several lost pounds last week. 
Miss Lawrence, strictly adhered to medical advice and was forced to 
^ decline any other- engagements, including benefit appearances. 'Lady' has 
[^beeh drawing standee' attendance and, is apprpximately tied with 'Panama 
HfHattie' in. leading Broadway b.o.'s. 

Charles McCjrthy, a Boston ypungster who drove the ambulance donated 
tp France through a benefit perfprmance pf 'Life With Father/ Empire, 
N. Y., visited Empire's backstage last' week. He is leaving sppn tp dp 
similar duty with the *Free French' troops in Africa, Originally . the 
Father' ambulance -was to have been given tp Finland,' but the invasien 
of that land Was over before . it could be delivered, , : 

The players have arranged to supply - McCarthy with cigarettes and 
eho'cpJate during his service in. Africa, . ".'/.-' V 



One day last week the wrong, telephpne -number pf the Longacre the: 
atre. N, Y., where 'Johnny: Belinda' is playing'; was, printed in the show's 
ad that 'appeared in the. Times, Number appearing was, that of a residence 
where the phone/rang .50 often -that a complaint- was /made to the New 
York Telephone Cp. -.- .-. • •:./ -.v./'. ;■•;.-'■ . ;• '■ 

It was quickly arranged that ail calls for /that number be switched tp 
the theatre throughout the day. '■'./;■/ • ; . . • 



Portland, Me., Feb. 4. 
Lpcal comment on Guy Palmer- 
ton's winding up of his 37 weeks' of 
legit stock in this city appears te 
break down lnt<i two opposing seg- 
ments. One group pfVex-fpllowers of 
the. late enterprise hpld that the 
manager was tep/ gentle with local 
population who/ rewarded his stren- 
uous effprts to provide t6wh with en- 
tertainment of a cultural type by al- 
lpwing hinj tp drop $15,000 without 
any cphvincirig .'recipgh.itiph . of the 1 
contribution. , The ' Pther factipn 
^maintains -.that ,the fernier occupant 
of the Civic .was given every . pbSslr 
ble break' by Pertland .citizens, and 
that his departure isv directly atr 
tributable to his -Pw.n; limitati.pns as 
a showman. ; . ' 

Latter' critlcs: point out. that man-r 
ager's citation in a/N. Y. Tinifes' piece 
of initial rtpse-diving/pf enterprise 
with staging . Pf 'Outward. BPund' is 
interesting chiefly because. : it was 
spmething that, might easily have 
aybided; an4 tiiat.-.as matter; ,pf /fact 
niahajer . had - been warned /in ' adr. 
Vance; (Empire fllmer; tried tP/shPW 
pic y.ersiph of Suttpn Vane's super- 
natural drama, at time of its, release, 
but reaction of fundamentalist audi- 
ence was so violent that it had tp be 
yanked, a-fter^ twd , unreelings.) 
PalmertPh, hbwever, they 'argue, iri- 
sisted pn gping thrpugh with pro- 
duction, y/ith results, that were rela- 
tively mild, . considering- audiences 
didn't tear up ; the fixtures. ; 

- Another Stance 

PalmertPn's-'p'iptlsans. aver,: 6n the 
pther hand, that he c6ntinUally 
spught advice pf leading citizens, and 
that any examples pf pppr . judgment 
must be laid to bum steers frpm this 
quarter. . Arid that resident, film men 
were npn-eppperative if net bbstruc- 
tive. lppking upon thfe enterprise as 
if ij. were a; bingp ..encampment in- 
stead/ pf a civic-betterment project. 

All' observers seem to agree, how-, 
ever,, that Palmertpn's last-minute 
attempt to recoup, by firing regular 
company and importing troupe with 
lyric trimmings was a majpr lapse 
in showmanship. Ads in the dailies 
gave impression that . first production 
of hew setup was musical roadshow 
'direct from New York/ 'Babes . iri. 
Tpylahd/ production"^ in question, 
hadn't been given "'-legit staging for 
some years in N. Y., and locals who 
realized this felt cheated in advance 
and stayed away. Fpllpwing week 
same cpmpany, revived 'two" Gilbert 
and Sullivan operettas, this, time 
with no extravagant billing and a 
local am singing the soprano leads. 
From, purported 'New York first 
company' tp frank . semi-amateurism 
was too dizzy a descent fpr riipst 
ticket-buyers, arid their en jnasse ab- 
sence dealt the already groggy, en- 
terprise a horizontalizing tap on the 
chin. / 

Palmerton personally registered 
strongly around here, and -his good- 
grace exit Impressed everyone. 



Shows in Rehearsal 



'Bundles from ' Britain' — Al 

Lewis, Max SiegaL 
.'Brooklyn Blarrlt«' — M a r y 

Louise Elkins, Clarence . Taylp'r. 

'Five Alarm.: . Wallk'— -Everett 
•.Wile. 

'My Sister Eileen' . (road)— 
Max Gprddn. 

'The Poc'tpr's Dilemma' (revlv- 
aD-^-Katharine Cernell 



Geo, Hale Sues JoSson 
To Reopen 'Hats' This 
Season, or 1^ 

• Saturday night (1), after the .final 
perfbrriiarice' ef •Hpld' On tp Ypur 
Hats/ ShUbert, N. Y., Al Jplspn was 
served ; '■' . ' action started by 
Geprgje • Hale,/ . -producer of the 
shpW. with the star.- Unless the. star 
reopens I 'Hats' on Broadway or the 
road this season Hale seeks damages 
for $100,000, Plaintiff concedes that 
the •prpductipn, . which, originated 
with hirii, was .'^1 the - clear, arid 
avers it/earned frPm $4,000. tp $6,Q00 
weekly. .'•' '" - / . ..^ : - ;•''., -./"• 

Early In January Jolson asked that 
tthe 'Hats' cpf ppratioh be dissolved 
I br tax purppses.* Kale, through his 
attorneys, Fitelsoh & Mayer, agreed 
tp turn back his' stpek prily if Jpl- 
son wbuid play, the shPw thrpugh 
1941; or / ibng as it made money, 
and if the star wpuld assume liabil- 
ity fpr all possible operating losses. 
Musical had then been dark one 
yveek because Jolson contracted in- 
cipient pneumonia, /but the star as- 
sented to Hale's/ proposal, it is 
claimed. Sudderily Jolson announced 
the closing of the ihpw. 

Hale has a 20y» ;;iriterest in 'Hats/ 
his investment being $15)000. He ln> 
fers that unless ..the- sh6w : relights 
and if JplsPri embarks pn: any other 
activity during the year,- he: will at- 
tempt ; injunctive redress., Sale 
argues that there are few musicals 
on tour now, , but that next season 
the . road Will be mpre competitive 
Jor - th.at class . of 1 attraction. Jolson 
plans road shpwing 'Hats' at that 
time. 



Name Concert Dates 



(Feb. 5-12) 



Among the . ypung producers entering Brpadway ranks : this/.seasPri, : is 
Everett Wile, vino will /debut with . 'Five Alarin -Waltz/ by Lucille S." 
Prumhs, / hbw author/ / Wile, said to- be. wealthy, was/- in on. the Coast 
showing of /Our Tpwn/. Prigiriaily produced by Jed Harrist This' soaspn 
he revived .'Here Today'; in Boston and Chicago. "• : " v 

Harris: was originaily 'mentioned as being interested: iri /Waltz/ hut/ Wile 
Is apparently presenting the play on his own. 



'No For An Answer/ by Marc Blitzstein, presented at Mecca Temple, 
N. - Y., pri three successive- Sunday: evenings recently', grossed around 
$8,500> Prbditctipn hut was. clpsb tb/ $12,000. Np scenery was used, nor 
was an prchestra ehgaged, and /'most, of the; money, .expended was' for 
labor and the actors, whp received small amounts, but 8^ were paid 
for rehearsals. Described as an 'opera/ it is stilr a Broadway ppssibility,'. 



Dprpthy JphnSbn, whp has been hpuse manager at the Civic Repe'rtbry , 
Bpstpn; during the run there of 'Life With Father/ has been apppirited 
aecbrid agent by the Oscar Serlin organizatipn tp assist Philip Stevenspn 
In the advance wprk in Philly, ShOw/is expected to. finish its sensatjpnal 
run in. Boston : either Feb." 22 or Mkrch 1. . Miss Jphnspn is fprmer ly 
Bp9t6n -p c -.a; fbr-the Shtlberts. • 



John Botes — Municipal auditprium, 
Shrevepbrii La. (6); Auditprium, 
Tyler, Texas (7 X .' ■-.".■'■'{■ ""-r 

Jaicha Helfetz— with Cleveland 
prchestra, Carnegie . hall, N. : Y.. (5); 
Bushriell auditprium, Hartfprd, 
Cbnri; (9); Schwab auditpriuiri. State 
CpUege, Pa. (11), , . / ..' . ' 

. Josef. Hof mann— with N.. Y. Phil- 
haririPnic, Carnegie hall, NV .Y. 
(6-7). • / •//;;/:-. ' : ' / ■■ /■'.-.., 
• . Jose Iiurbl •— Knoxville H. S.. 
kripxville, Tenh. (6). 

Yehudi Menuhin — Town hall, 
N;'Y.:.U2 )';;',: - .. ;'•- , ;/ : 

. L/liy Pbns-^-Memor'ial auditorium, 
Raleigh, , N//.G (7); Auditorium, .Sa- 
vannah (10).. /. •;: /./;-• : 
. Pa€l Bobespn— Civic auditprium, 
Pasadena, Cal. (5). . ' ; / /' V. 
■ Albert Spalding^with Philadel- 
phia prchestra', Academy, bf Music, 
Philadelphia (7.-8). 

Rise Stevens— Carnegie Hall, N.:Y. 

(i2). ' • i ■ •/:;;' ■'' 

Danny Melnlck mpved from the 
Cprt, N.\Y.i tp the Fultpn : tp help 
with .the ticket sale for ? Arsenic and 
Old Lace/ -Latter house- has opened 
a second ticket window.. 



. 'the Little Foxes,' currently in 
the south on the way back east from 
a cpasAp-cpast tour, may play a re- 
turn engagement «n Broadway; , 



PARENT UNION'S NEW 
LAW BURNS DESIGNERS 



United.- Scenic- Artists unip'n. was 
iri a turmpil. fbr several days, last 
week after It was ahnpunced that an 
amendment inimical tP designers 
and studio operators had been made 
tp the constitution of. the Brother- 
hood of Painters, Decorators and 
Paperhangers, parent union of the 
scenic, group.. The amendment had 
been/ adopted at a meeting in Lafay- 
ette, Ihd., where the brotherhood 
headquarters. The designers pro- 
tested, believing their right tP enter 
into individual contracts wjth the- 
atrical producers -would be taken 
away arid participated in by scene 
painters. Latter get $18 per day, 
while designers receive $1,000 mini- 
mum to devise a three-set play. 
. Fred Marshall, business agent for 
the scenic union, stated that the 
amendment was hot fully under- 
stood, also that It cpuld not become 
effective until clarified/ . He said 
that , designers will continue to op- 
erate under the by-laws, which pro- : 
vide fpr designers making their 
bwn arrarigenients . with producers. 
Scenic unipn, at a meeting in. its 
New Yprk pffice Mpnday (3), vpted 
tp wprk tp rescind' the- amendment; 
which ■ WPUld : : dp away with the re- 
quirement, pf filing separate .'coh'-- 
tracts fpr the designing and paint- 
ing pf ;sets. . ; 7 •/' 

Scenic artists unipn is ; ah unusual 
setup, in that studio pwriers,. de r - 
signers arid painters are- members 
..on' the sairie footing. /There- ire : be- 
/twee'n 25 and 30 studio pperators, 75 
designers . rripst pit: whom dp . not ac- 
tually .paint, -while the : tptal/ mem-' 
bership; is around .3501 ~ 

Questioned, amendment was said- 
to have been introduced by Edward 
A,: Mprange, fbrmerly-. pf Gates & 
Mbrange, at /pne. .'time . active 
/scenic studio. - Others say he oh- . 
jected to the ihipbrtange develpped' 
by designers- iri recent years, "which 
affected the business *pf older studio 
operators/ spriie of /whom have gone 
put pf business. Mprange' came Put . 
fbr the painters, who he thinks, 
shptild be credited in programs, be- 
ing qupted to have said: 'It is a dis- 
grace fPr a painter, to 'bear - the 
stigma and humiliation of haying 
spmebne direct the- composition of 
his wprk/ meaning the designers. 




Take Over Chi' 





; Chicage, Feb. 4. / 
. Shuberts are . slated to take-over 
the' Great-Northern; which, has been 
dark - f er a. lPrig tfme.V Hbuse has nbt 
been a recognized legit spot tot 
.many years and has been used prin- 
cipally by the Federal Theatre Proj- 
ect. F6r the' Federal Theatre it 
housed, the /brigihal 'Swing Mikadp/ 
It is lipw used for Monday concerts 
by the Illinois Symphony for / the, 
Music Project; • /••••/•;•'•• '.■/../ : ' "."-"' 

Last big regular professional show 
in the house . was 'The- New : Mbpri/; 
mpre than 10 years age. Shuberts-. 
are Understbpd considering the Jiouse" 
for- its stock musicals. 
■ . Shuberts, with the';. Great . North- ' 
ern, would have the legit: .housing 
situation in Chicago pretty well 
sewed up. Of the seven available 
legit houses in teivri new, the- Shu- 
berts new have their fingers, in feur, 
the; Grand, SelWyn, Harris/ Stude- 
baker. Erlahger Is the United BpPk- 
ing pffice hpuse and the .remaining 
pne is the Blackstone, an indie npw 
rented but until June by Oscar Ser- 
lin for- 'Life With Father/ \ >' 
: It is figured . that the real / reason 
for the takepveri first pf the Stude- 
baker and new pf the Great vNprthr. 
ern, is .the. /§hubert r s burnup ever 
Serlin's passing up. any Shubeft deal 
to operate solo in the Blackstone.. 
There -have been several repprts of 
producers gping intp the Great 
Nertheirri fpr independent' presenta- 
tipn in Chicagp, and - these reports 
may have influenced thj Shubert 
inove 'to .'take control pf the house 
after it had been on, the open rental 
market these many years; . 



Bobby Crawford Denies 
Tokel Boy' Closing 
Embarrassed Chorines 



Miami Beach, Jan. 26. 
Editor, .Varifty: 

. After the shock of Joe Penner'a 
passing and a trip to California to 
take care of the • funeral, I arrived 
here Friday for a little rest and to~ 
work on a new play— only to get an 
additional undeserved blow through 
the reading ef the . enclosed unjust 
and untme article in this week's 
Varibtt. .:. : 

It seems tpugh eneugh tp Ipse 
pal— tp have tp clpse a shew,, hbw- 
ever, one Can and must take these 
things ori the chin arid keep punch- 
ing. Hewever, when pne is faced 
with an Item In. print wltheut at 
first given a chance te refute such 
a falsehppd, then it becemes al- 
most unbearable. 

# The article is, to say the least, 
unfair tb Ray Hendersen and my- 
self, because firstly, we paid eur pb- 
llgatlpns and besides: en the morn- 
ing f ollowing Jpe's passing I ex- 
plained te the entire cempahy, cur 
regret in being ferced tp. clcse the 
shew due tp an act pf -'God, etc. 

I then called pne oi the girls (Mar- 
Jprle Jphnspn) aside, tpld ; her to . 
check, with all the girls and ascer- 
tain if any , of them needed any, 
extra meney . to get back to New 
Yerk, Miss Jphnspn' came tb see me 
at the hetel about twp hbiirs later 
and told me that only one girl need- 
ed help and' r took care, of ..her; -I • 
again at that time ash;ed Miss John-: 
sbri if she was ppsitiye all pther girls 
were provided fpr arid she answered, 
■yes. " ■ ■ ■ ' : " " / . '. 

Miss /jbhrtSon is a member of 
Chprus Equity and .1 ask" that you 
check with her on this? •" ; 
, /- Remember, we v had taken /care of 
ail bur oMfiggtjons- to' the cpmpany, 
but bpth tfljiy Henderspn and 'myself 
did take the prejcaution as.'PUtliried ' 
abPye,. arid; did v in spite ef bur own. 
:trpubles give, full -.thought; to the 
problerns of. out girls. ... 
• Your article makes . it appear as if 
bur abtiohs. were' ;to the contrary, 
'and that we- acted like a ceuple of 
sheestring preducers and heels and . 
surely -after all "these ; years, ■. ypu 
sheiild know ' us better than that. 
a ." Bobby; Crawford: 

7 The story; lii question, Which came 
from Equity . sources, detailed . the 
plight of some chorus girls due to 
•Yokel Boy V sudden closing, bat 
stated that the producers had fulfilled 
their obligations. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1941 



P&RIETY 





,000, Still Big 



4r- 



.Chicago, Feb. 4. 

Loop was hurt slightly at the be- 
ginning of the week by the season's 
toughest snow storm, which tied up 
traffic" and. made the . downtown 
streets a happy place to scram. But 
with clearing weather in midweek 
the boxofttce perked sharply and all. 
four shows finished smartly. . 

'Blossom Time' remains one of the 
miracles of show business. Though 
it's revived . more- .often than a pre- 

• liminary stumble-bum, ; the piece 
continued to show remarkable re- 
sistance to time. Came up again 
with a bang-up boxoff ice rating and 
looks to stick around here for sev- 
eral more weeks. With the click of 
this show the ShubertS will probably 
produce a string of these operettas, 
in the Grand; more or less on a stock 
basis.- . Figure , to follow with 'Stu- 
dent Prince/ ' 

'DuBarry Was .a Lady'" dipped 
somewhat during the first three days, 
but also rang up capacity houses for 
the remainder of the week and 
finished with a money total only 
slightly off the full mark: Lines 
continue to haunt the boxoffice and 
during some hours . the . house has 
been using two windows. However; 
the .slight dip during the first days 

: was looked upon a bit quizzically by 
the-managemerit and just to play the 
cards close they slapped a ..'last 

. weeks' tag in the ad's. /■.;.. 

% Estimates .for ''-last -Week ; ... ■ 
'Blossom Time/ Grand (2d week) 
(1,200; $2.75). On first, full week 
showed up with rousing $13,000. ^his 
musical never fails to make the 
grade here. . 

. 'DuBarry Was a tidy/ Erlanger 
(6th week) (1,300; $3.30). Off a- bit 
early in the week, but whanged, back 
to sellout /trade at the finish to bring 
home brilliant. $23,000. 

'Life with Father," Blackstone (49th 
week) (1,200; $2.75). It was in Feb- 
ruary, 1940, that this show first ar- 
rived in town and' it's still here. Will 
have big anniversary celebration 
with Oscar Serlin in for the festivi- 
ties. Serlin has house until June. 

■ Still' getting real coin and last week's 
takings around $14,000. 
" 'Pins and Nee.Tles/ Studebaker 
(7th week) (1,200; $1). With parties 
is playing to near capacity and came 
up with strong $8,000 last week, 
which is powerful, pace in view of 
the. straight dollar top. 

LUNTS HAVE $30,000 
ADVANCE SALE IN S.F. 



Road Shows 

(Feb. 5-13) 



Si 



LEGITIMATE 59 



San Francisco, Feb. 4. 

Biggest advance sale in the his- 
tory of the Curran is claimed for 
the Lunt-Fohtanne There Shall Be 
No. Night', opening an 11-day stand 
Tuesday (11). ■ With opening more 
than a week oft, it's claimed reser- 
vations have: passed the $30,000 mark 

Show jumps here from Seattle and 
will lay off a day for scenery-fresh 
ening. etc., giving Frisco a Tuesday 
curtain. 

Phenominal click of 'Maid in the 
Ozarks' at the Alcazar has this town 
groggy. Despite' cut-rate passes, 
which make $1.65 tickets go, for 55 
cents, house grossed estimated $6,000 
on first w.eek of nine performances. 
Biz is so good they're easing up on 
the part-paid ducats. The originally 
planned two-month run is virtually 
assured, if biz continues at this rate, 
despite critics' pans. 



Dinner' 15G in Cincy 



Cincinnati, Feb. 4, 
Junior 'Hellzapoppin,' with Billy 
House and Eddie Garr, is racking up 
. the burg's top road show gross of the 
, season this week. In the 2,500-seat 
... Taft auditorium at $3.30 high, it had 
a $20,100 advance sale , on eve of 
Sunday (2)- night opening, which was 
a turnaway. -.- '\ : ••■;' 
• Last week, 'Man Who Came to 
Dinner,' with Clifton Webb; , pulled 
swell at approximately $15,000 in the 
1,400-seat Coxr. Top was $2 ; 75. 



Bridgeport, Feb. 4. 

: ; 'Man. Who Came to Dinner,' Alex- 
finder Woollcbtt-starring troupe, 
began . new tour with one-nigh ter 
Saturday (1 ) at municipally-operated 
Klein Memorial: theatre. Perform- 
ance, .first legit date of recently- 
opened auditorium, "was sell-out, 
gross bettering estimated $3,100 at 
$3.30 top. ; 

•Ladies in Retirement,* with Flora 
Robson, skedded at- Bridgeport liSQO^ 
seater for Saturday (8) matinee and 
night. Lunt-Fontahne '.There .Shall 

. Be No Night' comes in May .1 under 
benefit auspices of Junior Guild. 



Ballet Russe do; Monte Carlo— 

Philharmonic auditorium,.' Los. An- 
geles (5-8); Civic auditorium, Pasa- 
dena (10); Philharmonic auditorium, 
Los Angeles (11); Savoy, San Diego 

(12) ; -Bridges .auditorium (Clare- 
mont), Cal, (13); Philharmonic- au- 
ditorium,. Los-Angeles (1445). - 

•Blossom Time' (Everett Marshall) 
—Grand, Chicago (5-15). 

'Claudia* (Frances Starr, Donald 
Cook)^-McCarter, Princeton (6-7). 
■' 'DuBarry / Wu ' a. lady' .(Bert 
Lahr ^Erlanger, Chicago (5-15). 
. 'Hellcapoppln' — Taft; Cincinnati 
(5-8); Nixon, Pittsburgh (10-15). 

'Ladles in Retirement' (Flora Robi- 
son)-^-Court - Square, .. Springfield, 
Mass. . (5); . Bushhell auditorium, 
Hartford, Conn. (6); Albee, Provi- 
dence (7); City auditorium, Bridge-, 
pprtj Conn. (8). 

•Life with Father' (Lillian iflish)-^ 
Blackstone, Chicago ' (5-15),; . 

'Life with Father' (Dorothy Gish) 
—Repertory, Boston. (5-15). 

Little Foxes' (Tallulah Bankhead) 
—Auditorium, Beaumont', Texas (5); 
Municipal auditpriiim. New Orleans 

(6) ; City auditorium, Jackson,. Miss. 

(7) ; Auditorium, Memphis (8); Rob- 
inson auditorium, Little Rock, Ark. : 
(10); Temple, Birmingham (11-12); 
Lenier auditorium, Montgomery, Ala. 

(13) ; Erlanger, Atlanta (14-15). 
Llttlefleld Ballet— A. & M. college, 

Stillwater, Okla. (6); Auditorium, 
Tulsa (7); U. of Oklahoma,, Norman, 
Okla, (8) ; Auditorium, Oklahoma 
City (10); College for Women, Den- 
ton, Texas (11); A. & M. college. 
College Station, Texas (12); Sim- 
mons Abilene, Texas (14); Audi- 
torium, Ft. Worth (15). 

Male Animal' (Elliott Nugent)— 
National Washington (5-8); Locust, 
Philadelphia (10-15). 

Man Who Came to Dinner' (Clif- 
ton Webb)-^Erlanger, Atlanta (5-fl); 
Bijou, Chattanooga (7); Bijou, Khox- 
ville, Tenn.. (8); Ryman auditorium, 
Nashville (10); Auditorium, Mem- 
phis (11-12); Municipal auditorium, 
Shrevepbrt, La. (13); Melba, Dallas 
(14-15). 

'Man Who Came to Dmner (Alex- 
ander Woollcbtt)— Ford's, Baltimore 
(5-15). 

'Night Must Fall' (Florence Reed, 
Douglass Montgomery)— Royal Alex- 
andra, Toronto (5-8); His Majesty's, 
Montreal (10-15). 

Original Ballet Basse— His Ma- 
jesty's, Montreal (5-8); Royal Alex- 
andra, Toronto (10-15). 

'Out of the Frying . Pan'— -Mary- 
land, Baltimore (5-8). 

'Philadelphia .Story* .(Katharine 
Hepburn)— Colonial, Boston (5,"8); 
Forrest/Philadelphia (10-15). 

'Pins and Needles'— Studebaker, 
Chicago (5-15). ; 

•Popsy' .— Lyric, Allentowri, Pa;« 
(5): Playhouse, Wilmington, Del. 
(6-7). . 

'Pygmalion' (Ruth - Chattertoh) — 
Sunshine, Albuquerque (5); Plaza, 
El Paso (6); RiaHo, Tucson (7); Or- 
pheum, Phoenix (8); Biltmore, Los 
Angeles 1 (10-15). 

.'Sim Sala Blm' (Dahte)— English, 
Indianapolis (5-8); Hartmart, Co- 
lumbus, O. (9-15). 

'Talley Method' (Ina Claire, Philip 
Merivale)— Shubert, New. ■ .; . Haven 
(6-8). ■: • '.'■ 

. 'There Shall Be No Night' (Alfred 
Lunt, .Foritanne)--Empres;s : , Van- 
couver (5); Metropolitan, 1 - Seattle 
(6-8); CUrran, San. Francisco (11-15); 
' 'Time of: Tour Life' (Eddie Dow- 
ling)— Locust, Philadelphia (5-8); 
National, Washington (10-15). 
"tobacco Road' (John Barton)— 
N i xon, Pittsburgh (5-8) ; ' Paramount, 



Dante Big $10,000 In 
SL L; Holds 2d W'k 



.. /. ' St, Louis, Feb'. 4. 
After , three ' dark weeks, the 
American theatre reopened., last 
Week (27) with Dante and his Sim' 
Sala . Bim show. B.o. activity was so 
good the piece Was held over for a 
second week, with; ah extra matinee 
Sunday (?) being thrown in to ac- 
commodate the ducat purchasers. : 

First week grossed- . an- estimated; 
$10,000, big considering, the top of 
$1.50. : Y\\ 






lady In Dark', $32,000 Jies Me 




Also SRO, la.' Down to $25,000 







•. Philadelphia, Feb, 4,v 
Another quick closing, resulting in 
the cancellation of one week of a 
skedded fortnight's engagement, was 
tallied when Fortune Gallo stated 
that he was closing his Sah Carlo 
.Opera Co. Saturday, night (1) at the 
Forrest .instead of continuing this 
week as. proposed. 'Too much opera 
in the city right now for two weeks 
of repertory to compete with/ was 
his reason. .'■'■■ 

As opposed to this disappointment 
there was plenty of jubilation at the 
Locust last week, where 'The Time 
of Vour Life- got over $15,000 in its 
first' week. Fact that it was ah ATS 
subscription show made showing all 
the more praiseworthy. With For- 
rest, and Erlanger both: dark, Saro- 
yan prize-winner hasn't any cbmper 
tish this week. 

Estimates for Last Week 

San. Carlo Opera— Forrest (one 
week only) (1,800; $2.28). Decided 
to call it. a stay here after Saturday, 
night, thus cancellating second week. 
Some pickup , after that announce- 
ment was made, but gross was under 
$8,000. 'Philadelphia-. Story' next 
Monday (10) for thjfrd trip. 

'Time of Your Life'— Locust (1st 
week) (1,500; $2.50). Fine start for 
this Saroyan comedy, which is on 
ATS subscription. Beat $15,000, and 
expects to go higher this week. 'Male 
Animal' comes in next Monday (10). 



TALLEY', $12,200, 
OKAY IN BALTIMORE 



. . Baltimore, Feb, 4. 
Both legit houses are active again, 
with the Alex . Woollcott troupe of 
'Man Who Came to Dinner* in ..at 
Ford's for a two-week stand, and 
preem of 'Out of the Frying Pan' set 
for tonight (Tu>s.) at the indie 
booked Maryland. Latter is by 
Francis Swann, localite, and is being 
presented by William Deering. and 
Alexander Kir kland, with ■;■ Arthur 
Hopkins billed as sitting in on direc- 

tl °Last week^ 'The talley Method,' 
Playwrights' production of the new 
Sam Behrman play with Ina Claire 
and Philip Merrivale in the leads, 
built to good week. When play opens 
at the Miller, N. Y,, late" next week 
it will be known, as 'The Mechanical 

Heart.' . '.- ,. ... 
Estimates for Last Week 
Columbia Opera Co., Maryland 
(1,550; $1.67). Perennial repeater of 
Arroand Baggerr ossi corap a n y 
chalked up" biggest week in years. 
Presented 10 operas in eight days 
and smartly utilized Michael Bart-, 
lett, Adrianna Cassellotti (Snow 



White), Ethel Barrymore Colt and 



Estimates for Last; Week ;.' 

. Key: C (CQmeiijj), D (Drama), R 
(Revue),. M (Musical), F- (Farce), 
O (Operetta). 

'Arsenic - and 'Old Fate,': Tulton 
(3d week ) (CD-938; $3.30). For some 
reason business along the line sagged 
at midweek/then surged back 
strongly by. Saturday; but . sellout 
pace of new laugh hit continues) 
With takings around $17,000 level. 

'Boys and Girls Together;' Broad- 
hurst (18th week) (R-1,160; $4.40). 
Ed Wynn revue, picked up somewhat 
against, the trend, but is. still under 
expectations; rated, around $18,000, 
'Boudoir/ Golden (D-789; $3.30). 
Presented by Jacques Chambrun; 
written -by. Jacques Deval; one of 
three arrivals this', week; opens 
Thursday- (6).. 

'Cabin In The Sky,'' Martin Beck 
(15th week) '(M-1,214; $3.30). With 
strong Sunday start .colored musical 
improved, though not as much as ex- 
pected;, around $14,000; last Sunday 
(2) matinee again sold' out. • 

•Craay With the Heat,'. 44th St. (1st 
week) (R-1,325;-: $3.30). — Resumed 
Thursday (30) with, scale, reduced; 
press mostly -adverse for second time, 
but strong weekend business indi- 
cates revue has fairly good chance. 

'Flight to the West,' Guild (5th 
week) (D-956; $3.30). Eased off , 
somewhat, with takings around $7,- 
500; said to better even break; played : 
Sunday to better than usual attend- 
ance.;' .• :„ 

'George Washington Slept: Here,' 
Lyceum (15th week) (C-1,004; $3:30). 
Making, grade as moderately success- 
ful and slated to play into March; 
will soon play two. performances 
Sunday; approximately $9,000. - :• , 

'Hellsapoppln,' W 1 n t e r Garden 
124th week) (R-1,671; $3.30); Con- 
tinuing to command such good busi- 
ness that plan for 'Crazy House' to 
follow as been .deferred from spring 
to later on; around $25,000. 

'It Happens en Ice/ Center. (17th 
week) (R-3,087; $2.75). Among the 
top grossers on the list; though 
capacity is * much higher, gross 
around $32,000 is quite satisfactory 
and means okay operating profit; 
last week saw further improvement 
by $2,000. 

'Johnny Belinda,' Lonjeacre (20th 
Week) (D-1,016; $3.30). Also ' making 
operating . profit after cutting .down 
overhead and date is indefinite; fated 
over $6,500. 

'Lady in the Dark,' Alvin C2d 
week) (M-1,357; $4.40): Bettered 
$32,000," which means standees in at- 
tendance; that mark ties 'Panama. 
Hattle* for list leadership and new 
music play looks like a cinch. 

'Liberty Jones,' Shubert (D-1,405; 
$3.30). Presented by Theatre Guild; 
written by Philip. Barry; there Is 
also some incidental music; opens 
tonight (5) after, drawing mixed 
opinion Out of town. 

'Life With Father/ Empire (64th 
week) (C-1,005; $3.30). Eased off a 
bit last week, but' with gross around 
$18,000 pace was Virtual capacity 
again. . 

'Louisiana Purchase/ . Imperial 
(36th week) (C-1,450; $4.40). Also 
eased off in recent weeks after mak- 
ing great gross record; takings 
around $25,000, which keeps It among 
leaders; Victor Moore back in cast. 

'Man Who Came to Dinner/ Music 
Box (68th ;\yeek) (C-1,013; $3.30). 
Strong SatuiSa-y, counted in holdover 
laugh show saoring another winning 
week; approximated $11,500, which 
was under previous week. 



, $3;30). Presented by. Jack KIrklandi 
written by Louis D' Alton; opened 
Tuesday (4) after . being delayed 
through recasting. . 

'The Corn la Green/ National (10th 
week) (D-1,162; ($3.30). Season's; 
straight drama click holding up and 
English play looks set for balance 
of season;, standees right along; tops 
$20,000. 

' 'The Cream In the. Well/; Booth 
(D-712; $3.30). Final and 3d Week; , 
fated under $4,000; 'Claudia' slated 
to follow in next week. 

Tobacco Road/. FOrrest (372d 
week) : (C-1,107; $1.10). Sunday: 
mathiee and night credited with 
keeping champ stayer in town; esti- 
mated' over $4,000, which means 
some profit for lowest scaled ; show 
on list.' •: • . 
.Revlvala ; -' . 
Twelfth Night/ St. James (10th 
Week) (Dil,526; $3.30). Fihal weeks 
to be announced, with tour to fol- 
low; has been easing off since holi- 
days, after topping , straight show 
clicks; around. $16,500 last week; • 

•Charley's Aunt,' Cort (16th week) 
(C-1,064; $3.30).' . Longest stayer, 
among, revivals -this season . and 
slated to play Into spring, period; 
rated around $9,000, which means 
fair profit. -\-: 



W Big $15,000 In 
€nt 11G as Vautk Unit 



Indianapolis, Feb. A. • 
'Hellzapoppin,' at the English for - 
three nights and matinee first-half of 
last week was sold but several days 
in advance of play date to ring up 
estimated f 15,000 at $3.30 top, which : 
is the best record of the -season. ; . 

When Olson and Johnson played 
the: vaudfilm Lyric here three years 
aeo just prior to taking the original 
'Hellz' into New York to expand it 
Into present form, the show, with a 
picture, did $11,000 for the week at 
40e. ton In 30 performances. 

English is dark, this week, but re- 
opens Monday (10) for. a full week 
of Dante and his magic show. 

'Hellz' $15.4»0O | n L'viUe 

Louisville, Feb. 4.: 
Billy House and Eddie Garr, In 
'Hellzapoppin,' played Memorial. 
Aud two days . (ZUl), with Saturday 
matinee, to capacity biz, racking up 
approxinjately $15,000 for the three 
performances. ., Piece was the only 
musical to hit the town so far, and 
show was . excellently sold with 
plenty of ; co-op ads in the papers 
couple weeks in advance of the en- 
gagement. Memorial Aud seats %- 
400 and road shows seldom fill the 
house to capacity. 

Tallulah Bankhead in The Little 
FVjxes' is the only touring show 
booked for February. : 



Lanny Ross to draw rosy $11,000. . 

•the Talley Method/. Ford's ( 1.90i 
$3.33). New Playwrights Co. effor n 
with Ina Claire and Philip Merrivale 
in leads, built nicely to satisfying 
$12,200 for the week. 

'Animai'Winds Up 
In Hub With 



'Meet the' people/ Mansfield (6th 



• Boston, Feb. 4. 
'Philadelphia Story' opened at the 
Colonial. /last /night (3) ; with near 



-r^io^n n rin'v "palace *c"antoh 6' I sellout chalked . upifcr it in advance. 
Toledo, p: (10-), .^ a . ce .' V... f Llf :--. witn ; FatherA'Teontlnued strong 
t-1 1 )i Capitol. . Steubenville . Q; X12); - -^ W gth week at , the .Civic Reper-' 
Ritz. Clarksburg, :W. Va. (13); Fair-., t ^ Majestic; dark as a legit 
rnont, Fairmont, .W, Va. (14); Mary- i house most; of the time, became, a 
" ■ I competish factor in the theatre dis- 

I trict last week with the opening of 
'Fantasia.'. However, the legit situa- 
tion here is quite barren, with, hard- 
ly anything on the advance booking 
sheets, . . •','.■■'..'/:.. •' • • 

Estimates for Last Week 
: 'Life with Father/ 'Civic Repertory 
(18th wk) : (965; $2.75)., Still hot 
stuff 'at .the b.o.,' garhering hefty 



land, . Cumberland, Md.. (15). 

Theron Bamberger left last night 
(Tuesday) for the Coast, where he'll 
spend . . month vacationing and 
lining up actors, for this summer at 
the Bucks County playhouse; New 
Hope, Pa. '. . 



/. Gladys Hurlbut, kuthor of 'To- 
night We Dance' and the book of 
'Higher and Higher,* working on' a 
new comedy at her Woodstock, N.Y., : Scandanavian 
home. • ■ I (ID. 



^ \ t * » — -,,w*r.tiv in The $14,700 last week. Expected to play 
Rosalind Ivan, • currently . J h f through current month before mov^ 
the National. inR pn t0 p n |j ly 



Corn Is Green,' at 
N. Y , will read Strindberg's one- 
act 'The Stranger' at the American-: 
reception . Tuesday 



week) (R-1,000; $3.30). Coast revue 
iis; earning some operating profit, but 
business still disappointing; after, 
improving slipped backward; dipped 
under $11,000. ' 
.: 'Mr. and Mrs. North/ Belascb (3d 
week) (C-1.000; $3.30). Perked up 
encouragingly last week, when there 
was offish trend;, rated around $9,500, 
or about $2,300 over previous week. 

'My Sister Eileen/ Biltmore (6th 
week) (CD-991; $3.30). Chicago 
company being readied; Greenwich \ 
Village comedy getting excellent ; 
business, with the takings at $16,00(1] 
and better. • • . I 

fOld Acquaintance/ Morosco (6th j 
week ) (C-939; $3.30). : Drawing sub- 
stantial business and will probably ; 
extend well into . the spring; rated ; 
around $14,000;, with some . theatre 
parties helping. . ■'! 

^Pal Joey/ Barrymore (6th week) 
(M- 1,104; , $4,40). 'New musical 
started like real hit and is drawing 
capacity nightly;: somewhat under 
that gait In afternoons; $22,000. I 
'Panama Hattle/ 46th St. (14th ! 
week) (M-1,347; '$4.40); Leadership. } ' 
contested by 'Lady in the. Dark;' but 1 
pace unaffected; gross tops $32,000; 
with standees present. 

'Separate 'Rooms/ Plymouth (45th 
week); (C-1,107; $3.30). Both house : 
and show making Weekly profits and 
business warrants continuance "in.tr 




NOW APPEARINQ AT 
EARL CARROLL'S THEATRE 
HOLLYWOOD. CAL. . 

Met-' LOU C1AVTON 





'•COiBTABBlXO . 
I N 'RECORD BREAKING 

"HELLZ-A-POPPIN" 

' ON TODB 

' 

Mgt.i WM, KENT 
1776 B'way. New York 



The Male Animal/ Wilbur (2d wk) , 

(1 227; $2.75). . Enjoyed . good two- spring; approached $9,000 with, good 
week . visit, winding up with very [ Sunday start, • • r 
pleasing $14,000. \ Tanyard Street/ Little (D-530; 



SAMUEL FRENCH 

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60 LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, February 5» 1941 






WE WERE HERE FIRST 

Clevc! nd, Jan.. 29. 
Farce (ti three. aeta' : (f)vp scones'! .. Hy 
Josebh Bryan ;<U aiiil Kjn.ls Fan': tHrericd 
by Frederic -MoCdnu^ll- ai(d - -produced at 
Play lfyjiso. Cleveland. Jim. 21*. .'AO: Set- 
ting by .UujrllWi.ua paves. ■■ .. 



What Finkieboffe and Monks did 
for Virginia Military Academy in 
'Brother Rat' Joseph Bryan 3d and 
Finis Fsirr try to do for their Prince- 
ton alma mater in' this hew farce 
tried out by the Play, House /com- 
munity group! Their ' satire on 
campus life gets off .blithely, turns 
somewhat fantastic at. the half-way 
mark and ends up. as. a ; screwball 
farce that . looks like ■■ one of the 
Princeton Triangle Club's shindigs. 
As straight comedy it resembles a 
college-class play, but it has possi- 
bilities as a' book '. for a\ musical 
comedy.. ■ :- -. \.7'- ?' 

Despite its: cbrniness, 'We Were 
Here First' has some amusingly brisk 
dialog and bouncing, action in its 
better moments. Although Bryan is 
a magazine writer,; (formerly asso-. 
ciate editor of Satevepost ), new cql- 
labing on a circus film with Farr, 
radio scripter of 'Mr; District Attor- 
ney,' it's doubtful, if their first play 
will ever reach'.. Broadway ■ in its 
present form. , Situations are so thin, 
and nutty, dragging out that bid gag 
about giving the country back to the. 
Indians; that it "taxed even . local 
Princetonians* sense - of humor on 
first night. . ".--',. •,- .' v -7 

A couple of college practical- 
jokers, who: :are . daffier ' than the 
cadets in 'Brother Rat,' start the non- 
sense by cooking 'up cockeyed 
movement to restore the American 
Indians to their original .glory 7 In- 
spiration for the. idea is a Broadway 
actress, voted the senior class favors 
ite,' who claims she .is a descendant 
of Pocahontas on a visit to fraternity 
house with her ingenious manager. 
When a football halfback, who is 
part Cherokee, is wheedled into the 



stunt, with the two being ballyhooed 
tn college p,apei- as America's first 
king and qiieen, it has nationwide 
repercussions. 

Campus .becomes id.oimpletely 'dis- 
rupted -by: a ., steady stream - of en* 
thusiastic . clubwomen, Indians arid 
assorted zanies. 'until tlVe. distracted , 
■dean orders them' t'q -bail jt off or lose- 
J their diplomas. The authors only 
1 make-' the; exaggerated; action seem 
[/episodic, weakening the laughs .with' 
' heavy- splurges 'of hokum.. ; Some 
drastic pruning might help tighten 

it Up. :• • ' '■'; 

Hokiest part ; is the sudden eny. 
, trance, of a fanatical Nazi bund.----, 
i lea'de?, Avhose;,gunmen take over the 
( collegiates' . network : :broadcast plug* : 
I ging ah Indian mail-order, business, 
( and force them to ;air. their fascist 
! propaganda; This business is. so arti-: 
' ficially ; hiel6draniatic that it doesn't 
fit. into the comedy. ;pattern. . Even 
the arrival', of G-men doesh't restore 
the yarn to a- farcical footirig. Fade- 
away act is exceptionally talky, but 
everything comes dut all. right, when 
the actress'- manager virtually black- 
mails the .'outraged dean in giving 
the jokesters their diplomas. 
. Entire, action takes place' in a large 
frat house room, whieh.-resembles a 
Marx Bros, madhouse, -with ;40TOdd 
Students in 'beer : ' suits,' 'Indians •: and 
bundsmen milling; around. • Daff iest 
character is .a Hindu -prof essor . who 
turns out to be an ex-barbecue cook. 
Another is.an . Indian chief i.h full 
regalia who brings in ; his tribe- of 
redskins for' the 'final curtain. 

While- straining at every gag, and 
incident fojr laughs, play's done ex-v 
uberantly "b$ the Play House, Vv/ith 
several . . engaging performances. 
James Rafferty and Henderson Fqr- 
sythe practically 'carry the sport as 
the- two : incorrigible pranksters. 
Betty Horriaday also. okay. ', 
. Michael. Todd has bought the rights 
to the script for professional pro- 
duction as a play or musical coihedy. 

Pulleri. 



not have been amiss for the daugh- 
ter-ih-la w, one of the basic charac- 
ters, to have been among the -others 
in the family: to effect a truce with 
the patriarch. As, is, there's just an 
incidental dialQRism refevrihg to, her 
^departure for California,' ostensibly 
for, iust'. a visit. . .' .-.'• 

In addition to Schwartz, among the 
large cast there are. several others 
who perform notably : well, namely 
Lucy German, as the wife; Luba 
Kadisbri, Muni Serebrbv,' Isidore 
Casher, Mark Schweid. Anna Appel, 
Misha German and: Samu.el Golden-: 
burg. The latter and "Mrs: German 
in particular give; finely etched per- 
formances of the support players. •: 
. ; ;. . M 7 :\ : N<$d r : 



Play on Broadway 



Crazy With the Heat 

(RESTAGEp OPENING) / 

Revue In .-two acta, presented and staged . 
by Kurt Kaszner. Stars Willie Howard and 
Luella Gear. ' Sketches by Lew . Brown, 
Sam E. Vt'errls, ■ Majc. : Llebmari. Arthur 
. Sheekman, Matt Brooks; music, and lyflos. 
mostly 'by Irvln Graham; additional music' 
by Rudl Revil;.'Yes. My Darling Daugh-. 
ter," by' Jack 'Lawrence; musical arrange-, 
mehts and orchestrations' by Jacques Dal- 
lin; settings and lighting, Albert Johnson 
ChoreoRrapliy; Catherine. . Llttlefleld. ■ • With 
aome ' dances .staged, by' Carl Randall; cos-; 
fumes by Lester Polakdv and Maria. Hit- 
mans; musical director. - Harold .Levey. . At 
44th Street, N. Y., ©reopening Jan. 30, '41; 
|3.30 top. - '•'-.., 

Cast: Willie Howard, Luella Gear. Grncle 
Barrie. JTip, To-p and Toe. Carlo's Ramirez. 
Don Cummlngs, . Betty Kenn, Ted Gary, 
Mary - Raye and Naldl'.' ' Dlosa Costello, 
Matthew Smith; Victor Borge, Harold Gary. 



mings do well v/ith what singing, 
dancing and comedy material, re- 
spectively. : that they have. At its 
first opening, 'Heat's' score :was : en- 
tirely BMI. Now, however, . Jack 
Lawrence's *Yes,; My. Darling Daugh 
ter,' an ASGAP tune, has been in 
Jected for delivery . by . the .cute Miss 
Barrie.. . 

It's said that $20,000 was sunk by 
Sullivan and others into reopening 
this show. It won't be recouped. 

Scho. 




Ed Sullivan, N. Y. News' columnist, 
saw some saving graces in the origv 
lnal flop version of this reviie and 
stepped in as partial angel, restager 
and . recaster for. a reopening. It 
bowed again at the. 44th Street, after, 
being closed for 12 days, but the al- 
terations made by Sullivan were evi- 
dently far from enough. While it is 
not as bad at $3.30 as it was at $4.40, 
•Crazy With the Heat' Is still an also- 
ran aniong the current - Broadway 
tune shows. 

Mary Raye and Naldl; the. superb 
ballroom team; Dlosa Costello, 
Puerto Rican conga firebrand; Car- 
los Ramirez, excellent South Amer- 
ican tenor, and Tip, Tap and. Toe, 
'. cracker jack colored challenge hoof- 
ing trio from vaude, are the new ad- 
ditions to the ^ast ~ Missing from the 
original lineup are Richard Kollmar, 
Marie Nash, Carl Randall and Luba 
Rostova, which would indicate that 
the current- talent lineup, is much 
Costlier.. However, the Salary cuts 
taken by some, especially Willie 
Howard and Luella Gear, might have 
balanced the budget, 

Aside from great click regis 
,tered by ' Raye :and : Naldi oiienihg- 
night, a good hoofing session' by. the 
colored trio and a fine impression 
made by . Ramirez yvith- the encore 
£ihging,;of 'Figaro* frpm The Barber 
of Seville;*: there Is nothing in the 
revue to raise It above its. original 
low standard. A- couple .of new 
. 0 sketches have 'heen provided How 
ard and Mijjs Gear, but they • are no 
better than the original material, if 
not worse. .'Lonely Hearts/: for. in 
stance, is strictly . burlesque double 
entendre. -It was written by Matt. 
• Brooks, 'Size 9%,' supplied by Lew 
Brown, who helped Sullivan with 
the revival, is very slow and not flat 
terlng to Miss Gear. 
. Some Of the other sketches are re- 
tained, but. hardly- strengthened by 
testaging: Ditto sbme of the. produc- 
tion, routines, one df which was com- 
pletely switched around to give Raye 
and Naldi their first opportunity 
closing the dull first half... Most of 
the show&Jjetter meat is' in . the sec- 
ond portion; the first being punchless 
from Miss Gear's gabby, opening bit 
with a trained >oose up to the ball- 
room team's entrance. ■ 
. . As in the ; pri<r<noi version; Grade 
Barrie, Ted Garry and Don Cuni-> 



WORLDS APART 

Droma In two acta (eight scenes) by 
Benjamin. ^eBBler; presented by the tld- 
dlBU;Art Thentre (Maurice' Schwartz); 
staged by Schwartz; stars . -Schwartz; , fea- 
tures Samuel Goldenburg, Lucy German: 
music, Sholom. . Siecunda; . settings, -: Alex 
Chertav< opened at the Viddlsh Art the- 
atre, N. Ti. Jan. 22. '41: $2.75 top. 

Cast: Maurice Schwartz, Samuel Gold'eh- 
burg, Lucy German, Luba Kadlson, Victor 
Marcus, Judith. Abarbanell, Miinr Serebrov, 
Louis. Hymun,, Isidore Casher, Mark 
Schweid, Anna Appel, Anatol. Wlnogradoff, 
.William Secunda, Leon- Gold, Morris Ble- 
lawskl. Misha German, Mlscha- Flszohn. 
Hannah Hollander, Lazar Freed, Pauline 
Hoffman, Ben Zlon Schoenfeld, Meyer 
Sherr, Goldle Lubrltzkl, Lizn Varon, Abra- 
ham Teltelltauml . Sol. Krause, Morris Stein- 
berg; Cella Iilpzln. Samuel Lehrer, Morris 
Krohner, Ben Zlon Katz, 





The boxoffice lethargy Into which 
Maurice Schwartz's Yiddish Art 
Theatre troupe has sunk of recent 
seasons seems to have become over-, 
come to a considerable extent by the 
actor-manager's third production of 
the season, 'Worlds Apart.' - A timely 
drama with an underlying refugee 
theme, arid spurred by Schwartz in 
the lead role, 'Worlds Apart' is the 
Yiddish Art's fit st definite click in 
several seasons and should consider' 
ably . reap back some of the losses 
sustained by the Outfit's two early- 
season b.o. flops.. 

'Worlds' Apart,' which has a sock 
first, act and a second that tapers 
.off, Is one of those 'sleepers,' with 
an outlay that seemingly is : below, 
the standards for Schwartz produc- 
tions. But smash performances down 
the line, with Schwartz setting the 
pace, plus . rieat staging that offsets 
much, of the cheapness that; the drab 
settings suggest, indicate that it's the 
top. Yiddish-language click on the 
Second avenue boards this season.; 

The timeliness, of the play's theme 
Is • conspicuous by .the . rabbinical 
character that Schwartz plays, a ref- 
ugee come to America from a small 
European town to encourage .heln 
frbmi Jews for their Nazi-persecuted 
brothers. That he learns in this 
country of immigrant Jews': di.ff icul 
ties, not too dissimilar from those of 
the people in his homeland, is one of 
a pair of problems that he must face 
in order to achieve his primary oh 
jective,' - . ' 

- Dovetailed with, this theme is the 
dissidence'. the rabbi . must face 
within the. household of the son he 
had not seen for 28. years, all of 
which revolves around the priggish 
daughter-in-law's objection to the 
patriarch . and the changes he's 
wrought in her home. It is hert that 
.the play's writing falters.. It would 



DUST TO EARTH 

(YALE DRAMA DEPARTMENT) ';■; 

New Haven, Jan. 29. 
. Yale drama department's raid-wih- 
ter;major produ0tipn turns put to be 
a serious piece of writing that holds 
a fair amount of interest throughput; 
its three acts; and piiie - scenes. Play; 
authored by Shirley. Graham, is an 
outcome of her. work in Connection, 
with the Negro unit of the Federal 
Theatre Project, wherein she served 
as supervisor. Story has a mixed 
white-colored background; localed in 
coal, mines pf southern Itlinoisi^nd. 
although a threatened strike is intror 
duced into the proceedings', the labor 
angle is merely .incidental to. a char-. 
acter sketch of a burly Negro, whose 
illegitimate ihixcd parentage has set 
hiht on .the track .of what he ;cbnsid-r 
ers revenge against his white, father, 
' Plot is obvious for the most part, 
due to an early illusion to the.' red 
hair- of , the Negro (Brick) arid the 
similar carrot top of the white 
daughter (Leslie. , Claytpri) of the 
white owner of the mine where' the 
Negro works. Brick has corne north 
from Alabama in search of. Leslie's 
father, who has been abroad a num- 
ber of years, in order "to square off 
accounts for the shady circumstances 
surrounding his birth. Brick figures 
the big day is about to arrive when 
he "hears "fliat Clayton is corning -to 
Visit the mine, but the edge is taken 
off things , when. Clayton shows up 
, with, his attractive daughter . in tow. 
Girl is scheduled to take oyer the 
mine wheri srie becomes of age short- 
ly arid she is interested in provid- 
ing better conditions for. the miners. 
This attitude" eventually Weans Brick 
from his plans for revenge, arid when 
a mining district prostie threatens to 
spill the pews that Brick and Leslie 
are really half-brother and sister, 
Brick strangles her. 

In a. mine . Inspectipn. Leslie is 
'later trapped underground in a gas- 
filled chamber and Brick goes single- 
handed to her rescue. He sends her 
up the airshaft lift, but there isn't 
room "for. him in the lift, so he is 
left- behind. When. -he', hears his 
father (Clayton) attempting to coma, 
below- to help hirn. Brick strikes a 
match and blows himself to bits, 
thereby .removing the . stain Of his 
own existence from -the Clayton 
family. > .-;.,' 

Production boasts .some fine set- 
tings " by Patricia Montgoiriery. Orte 
In particular is & standout, showing 
the entrance to the mine, with a lift 
traveling up . arid down through the 
stage. Lighting by. William A. Davis 
and costumes by George E. Nichols 
rate mention. Staging by Constance 
Welch keeps action rolling : effectlve- 
ly-and maintains a quick pace, par- 
ticularly in final scenes. Principal 
roles, handled capably, are Brick, 
Lawrence Dobkin; Leslie. Mary Jane 
Chiles; Clayton/ Stephen: Bradley; 
McKriight (mine official). Charles 
Su^gsi Maybelle (the orostie). Kath- 
leen Jbhnson; Cokie (Brick's buddy); 
Paul Gilmbre. Numerous minor partSj 
m a cast of 41, are competently 
played. . . 

Presentation offers an extensive 
outlet for drama department talents, 
involving everything from set con- 
struction to Negro group singing, 



■ ' - FM't Name Byllneri '-;; : - 

Pericharit ' of PM, New York tab 
daily, fop adding name authors to its 
payroll has seen the signing by the. 
paper of- Ernest. Hemingway during 
the past week. .Author, cm -his way, 
to. China for material with V/hich. to 
write a novel, will do some articles 
for PM wliiler there. He's accom- 
panied by hls.bride, Martha Gellhorn, 
Collier's . staff : . writer, who's on as- 
signment iri- the Far East. . • 

James Thiirber'. and jBen : Hecht 
have been comparatively, recent ad- 
ditions to : the : staff, Thurber doing 
a once-weekly column and Hecht a; 
daily stint. As with Hecht . and 
Thurber, Hemingway will have carte 
blariche. on the type of stuff heMl do. 

There's been considerable talk 
among ■ the literati ■ about PM's 
ability to Staff these /people, but ac- 
tually they :re : working at minimums, 
with the friendship.- of Ralph Iriger- 
soll, PM's publisher and editor, for 
Thurber, Hecht and Hemingway said 
to be the main factor that they would 
accept such jobs for what, to. them; 
;is tantamount to/.'tpbacca "money.* 

Under; the agreement With Irigcrr 
soil;" Hemingway has given all re- 
print rights td 'PM excepting those 
for books, which he's : . reserved for 
himself. * -; . '-'•.'■■' '•' 



; ' New;Fllm Fan Mag 
/ NeAv film fan mag is to be intrpi 
duced by Deli Publishing ; Coi, New 
York, on Feb. 14. Tagged Hollywood 
Who!s Who,, it :;: contains : thumbriail 
pictures arid biogs of about. 500 playr 
ers. It also carries stories . on each 
phase of production by Hollywood 
names, Including . Sam | Goldwyn, 
Frank . G,apra, Walt Disney and Will 
Hays. :.j ' '•' . •: ' 

Mag will be published semi-annu- 
ally. It sells for 15c. It has ari in- 
dex in the back arid includes players 
in 19 categories. Each category is 
forewbrded. with a by-liried piece by 
a spokesman for the field.. For ■ iht' 
stance. Bill Boyd writes on western 
stars; Lewis Stoiie . on ; parents, 
Jimmy Lunceford on colored actors 
and Gene Tierney on hew faces. ; '.' 

-According to Dell prez. George; T. 
Delacorte, Jr., Who's Who marks 'the 
beginning of a vigorous effort to; pull 
fan books but of the personality wor- 
ship rut' 



ra 



ALCESTE 



.Opera- In' .three . acts (Ave scene.i); music 
by Christoph Willlbald Vori Cluck; libretto 
(In French), by- Francois I^iuls 'Dn Roullet, 
based on the Italian- by .Hanlerl d'e' Ca)za- 
blgl, which In turn was based' bn the 
Greek tragedy of. 'Alcestls' by Euripides; 
conductor,- Eltord P*h(zza-; pantomime nnd 
dances staged by; Boils Rpmnnoft; produce 
lion staged by Herbert Graff; chorus 
master, P'austo . ClPvn: srenery and cos-: 
tumes designed by ' Bichard Kyrhtarlk; 
Admetiis. .;...'.';. . Bene, Malson 
Alcestla. . . , ....... .'...;.;. Marjorle. -Lawrence 

High Priest'.,'. ; . '...:. r.. . . . . . Leonard; Warren 

Voice of Apollo and Herald.. "• 

. ' ' . . . < . . . . . .GeoiRe CehntiriVsky 

Evaflder..;.,.........;..iA1eaHlo De Pnollp 

A Womah. ... . . ; ......... . . .'. Mnrlta Ffirell 

{Maxliie Stellman 
Helen Ollieim . 
Wilfred Mngelman 
hoio dnnres oy Kutnanna BbrTr, Monnn 
Montea, Grant. MouradblT, Joseph Levlnoff, 
Maty. Smith, and Alexis Kosloff. 



The first presentation in North 
America of the ~ 165-year-old opera, 
'Alceste/ by Christoph Gluck. took 
place at the Metiopolitan Opera 
House, N. Y., Jan. 24. The Opera 
'••''. (Continued on page 63) 



'Democracy* Book. Sues P. O. ,: 

Viking Press, ,Inc. t filed, suit Mon- 
day ... (3) against V Albert Goldman, 
New York. City postmaster, seeking 
a temporary injunction against. 
Goldman's edict preventing the dis- 
tribution . of the book 'Speak Up for 
Qemocracy' through the rivails-from 
being . carried out Book was pub- 
lished in -November, 1940, and was 
written by. Edward L. Bernays, the 
publicist. 

; On Nov. 16^1940, plaintiff tried to 
send 80 copies through the mail and 
was stopped because it was clairned 
pages 100-103 contained advertising. 
Plaintiff claims those pages contain 
no advertising, and consist of an 
appendix telling persons where they 
may obtain reference and other ma- 
terial to aid in morale work. 

Although the suit is in N. Y. this 
Issue has been brought up repeat- 
edly in Washington at the main P. O. 



: - ' ; LITERATI OBITS . 'i\ 

John M. Anrienberg, circulation 
manager of the Philadelphia In- 
quirer^ died oi a heart ; attack at his 
desk Monday (3), He ; bad ' beeri 
convalescing* at his home, German-, 
town/ Pa., from a similar .attack in 
December: . Annenberg, who was no ' 
relation to TA. L. Annenbergi ,'pub- 
Usher .of the Inquirer; Would ; have 
beeri 52 : this, month. Native of New • 
York, he -was . circulation mariager 
of the Toledo (O.) Tirries, arid 
worked on papers in the . west and 
middlewest before coming to. the old 
Philadelphia Press; . In .1920 he was 
made circulation • manager . of the 
Evening Ledger and at one time w.as^ 
ih' charge bit circulatibri^for the Cur- 
tis-Martini chain. In 1936: he came 
to the Inquirer; 

. Robert H. Rohde, 5i, reporter/and 
short 1 story- writer, died .of 'a heatt : 
attack Jan. 30: at his home in beer 
Park, L.- I. A^ ^fiction .Writer fo)r the 
past\seY.eral.'yea.rs,:.he only -last .'week 
'resumed riewspaper work as a N. Y. 
Journal- American staffman. 

Willis Steell, 82, author, play- 
wright arid veteran newspaperman 
who retired nine years ago as Suri-r 
day editor: of The Paris Herald, Eu- 
ropean edition of the N. Y. Herald- ■; 
Triburie, died in New York- Jan. 31 
'fr.bm. cpmplicatioris arisirig. from -;a' 
broken hip . which he suffered in. a 
fall . at his home, .several' weeks ago. 

Edward J. Gallagher, for 43 years 
editor of the Lowell .(Mass.) : 1 Sun, 
died at his ;home at influenza ''.Jan. .29;' 
-after a week's illriessi He was; in his 
eighties. *' ' -• ; >..':■'■'' ' . '-• ■'' 
■,\3." Charles . Turner, 70, veteran 
newspaperman who had been editor 
of the Belmar (N:J.)' Coast Adver-~ 
tiser for the past three . years, died 
Jan. 29 at his home in St. George, 
S. I. - J; v'.- ' _ 

Loots. Bauhan, 86, artist, illustra- 
tor and former art editor of the Cosr 
iriopolitan magazine, died of a heart 
attack Jani 25 at his home' irt Jersey 
City. . .'-;-.. 7:," ; .' . 

Frank B. Stoneman, 83, for .30 
years editor-in-chief of the Mlairii 
Herald, ' died- Feb. 1 In a Miami hbs-. 
pital, where he had been, a three-day 
patient. '• .■.-"■'' 

Harry Goodspeed Ward, 65, Wash- 
ington correspondent Of Interna- 
tional . News Service . and. former 
automobile editor for several Wash- 
ington papers, died of / pneumonia. 
Feb. l in that city/ . \ 

. F. Pnrceil Angle, 56, publisher of 
the Danville (Pa.) Morning News' 
since 1924, died in that city ..Feb. . 2 
after a brief Illness. , . ' 

Madeloh Shlff, 48, for the past 
two years secretary to columnist 
Dorothy Thompson and who had pre- 
viously served other Important liter- 
ary figures iri a similar capacity, died 
Jan. 31 in -a New York hospital! > 

Gerald E.. (Pat) Rosa, 39^ former 
sports' editor of the N. Y. Post and 
one-time assistant .sports editor of the 
N. Y. World-Telegram, died of coro- 
nary thrombosis Feb. 2 at his home 
in Butler, Ni J. Leaving the Post in 
October, he had since done publicity 
work. • 



M»f Bankrnpt 

Henry Dwight Cushlrig, doing 
business as Behind the Headlines 
Magazine Co., of 67 West 44th street, 
N. Y., filed a voluntary petition of 
bankruptcy in N. Y. federal court 
Monday (3), listing assets of :$200 
and liabilities of $23,145. The bank- 
rupt has been in. business since July, 
1940. -".•,-;...;.'" .. : '-' •'•- "' 

Among creditors are Doubleday, 
Doran, $2,100; Tech Publications, 
Inc., $1,624; C. Hi .Young Publishirig 
Co., $2,216. Employees are owed 
$1,273 and secure^; debts total $2,205 



! 

Marina Oheaviha - Injures Back 

Martha Cheavins, author of 'Penny 
Sereriade, , ; novel which Columbia 
recently completed filming, seriously 
injured* herself on a train returning 
from the Coast, where . she had 
worked: on the screenplay. She was 
operated; bn in New York last week 

(27). ■■;:;V//v ; ".;' : ■' ? ' : ; 7 . 

Miss Cheavins, wife of Hugh. J. 
Schuck, of the New York News,- iri« 
jured her spine when she fell out 
of; a hammock : a year-and-a-half ' ago 
and underwent an extremely deli- 
cate . operation to restore her back. 
Arranging a berth on the train she 
hurt her spine again and had to have 
the original operation repeated. . 



'7' CHATTER ■- -.'■ 

Ernest Hemingway in Hollywood 
as guest of Gary Cooper. , 

Readers Digest, Spanish edition, at 
10c (as against 25c iri U. S.), is a 
quick big seller in- Cuba. .. 

U. S. A. Comic Magazine Corp. 
chartered to conduct a printing- 
publishing business in New York, 

Schreyer, Adelman' and. Morrison 
opened a literary agency in Holly- 
wood to haridle. stories, for radio and 
screen., ' 

7Karen De Wolfs novel -' of Holly- 
wood, 'Take the Laughter;' due.;for 
February publication • by Bobbs- 
Merrlll. - - •"•'-•': •-"' '•'-..'■ 7 ; 

William : ^ Brent, iormer Htolly wood; 
souriicl man, sold two stories, . 'Okay 
for Sound'. and 'Blties in Swingtlme,'- 
to. Collier's. \ "'.' ,. 

Robert -Faherty, of' the; Chicago 
Daily News, having his new hovel ori. 
the south, 'Big Old Sun,' published 
by, Putnam's on March 7. ' 7 * 7 
^ Anthpriy Buttitta, ' bf the ■ Con- 
stance . Hope publicity . office, - -has 
completed his second novel,- 'Dixie 
Doodle,' dealing with problems of 
youth in current times. 

One of the coming-alongest dailies 
is the Miami: Beach Daily Tropics, 
tab, whlch.has been getting ['.mounting 
attention frorii newsmen -visiting the 
Florida, resort with successive ■ win- 
ters..'- .:;■.-..;-; • ,'\ 
; Arlerio Wolf, formerly of .the 
Charles Washburn publicity office 
and Stage mag, has joined the staff 
bf Smart, a new femihe mag. ..She 
is the wife of : Frank Goodman, as- 
sociate p.a. wiih Washburn. 



Wednesday* February 5, 1941 



Broadway 



Robert Young ', checked ■ into the 
city last week. ■ , 

S R- Kent returned from Holly- 
wood. Friday (31). ' '■ . •.. . 
^ Marc . Connelly to the Coast on a 
■criDtirig assignment.. . • . - .- 

Lou Mentlick, film, trade newsman, 
drafted on Monday (3) . . 

Bill Rodgers^ M-G sales manager, 
hack from Coast huddles. 

■ Gene Buck will be honored at Lin- 
coln's birthday gambol of the Limbs. 

Fleming- Ward has replaced Cliff, 
punstan in 'Pal Joey/, XBarrympre) '.. 

Burt Champion of UA back to his 
desk after two weeks of hospitaliza- 

Al Morgan, manager of the -44th 
Street* hurt, his arm and has It in 

'^Tom Connor's off on a two-week 
tour of southern exchanges for 
Metro, • . ± ' 

Hal Danson. Par advertising repre- 
sentative, hobbling around after a 

• week of flu. . .-• . ./ : -'- •;''-.-• 

■ Jerry Keyser, -Warner Bros, foreign 
publicity chief, bedded by flu, - 

■ : • turned to work.- . •' -^/ • . .•/ • ,'■- ' • . ' 

Eddie Dowden of Metro in Buffalo 
•: on local engagements 'of his comV 
oany's pictures. : 

Mrs; Clifford G. (Alyce) Fischer 
recuperating in Lakewood following 
minor operation. . ...... 

. Twelfth annual banquet and ball of 
the Warner Club set for March, 8 at 
the Waldorf-Astoria^ ; . 

Sidney Phillips has moved his 
office- at Metro to the 11th floor of 
'Loew's State Building. 

Joe Unger, Par's eastern division 
sales manager,: threatening a; Miami 
visit in a couple weeks. . 
. Ginger Rogers took the Century 
to the Coast last Saturday ( 1 ) after 
> fait 'id-day visit to N. Y. 

Ben Serkdwich, Capitol's publicity 
chief in Miami, recuperating after * 
two-week tussle with the flu. 

Humphrey Doulens south for two 
weeks as personal manager,, for Lily 
Pons, who's on a concert trek... •-■:' 

Barbara Semple resigned as St. 
Regis hotel publicist to marry,, sue 
ceeded by Lucy Jane Hunter, 

Bob Flaherty, indie film producer, 
ipartied friends in the business last 
week on arrival in. New York. 

M. A. Spring, assistant to Arthur 
Loew at Metro, leaves tomorrow 
(Thurs.) for Tucson for a vacation. 
. Dick Mealand, Paramount's east- 
ern story editor, to Canada next 
week for a quickie vacation on skis. 

Wilma Freeman, in charge of 
publicity-sales promotion for War- 
ner Bros., at home . With a broken 
foot. ". . 

An extra boxoff ice. window has 
been opened at the Fulton for the 
advance sale of 'Arsenic, and Old 
Lace." . ; . " 

Virginia Smith understudy for 
Glenda Farrell of 'Separate Rooms,' 
using the professional name of^Peg 
Denriery. ' ' e ~y r 

Phil Reismah, RKO's foreign sales 
chief, vacationing ■". in Florida the 
past week, due . back in N. Y. next 
Saturday;' '.'■'■■ 

W. G. Van Schihus, who lost a. lot 
of weight during his illness, has 
gained it all back and how is in 
perfect trim. 
. Clark Brown, in charge of. Par's 
' tax department, back to the mines 
Monday (3) after being laid up for. 
nearly, a Week. 
Harry. Saks. Hechheimer, 'the la* 
. ling jurist*' now 69, and currently in 
Havana/ plans to make a 23-year old 
his eighth wife. . ' 

Julian ,T. Abeles, theatrical at 
torney, has purchased , a Connecticut 
. estate in the Round Hills section of 
North Greenwich. . 

Al Lewih, UA producer, lectures 
on problems and techniques of mod 
em films at Yale drama school to 
day (Wednesday). 

Moneyed Latin Americans boom 
ing the local niter iei where formerly 
they traveled to Europe. Cafes en 
Joyed bull market. . 

Senator Henry J. Walters,, of RKO 
counsel, to Honolulu for a couple iof 
months vacation after a business 
■topoff in San Francisco. 

Now, that Bond Clothes has moved 
Into the. Criterion site, they'll have 
-to learn calling the Bond Bldg. by 
its official Bethlehem Bldg. title. 

• ••• John Wray, dancing instructor,' 

debuts , as, a solo artist at the WaU 
dorf- Astoria's, Empire ' RbOm, Feb, 

. 15; along with Adelaide Moffett. .'■'-. 
John ; Dor ed, Paramount . News 
cameraman, arrived in town Sunday 
(2), coming from Turkey by way of 

■India, Singapore and the/ Pacific. . 

Al Jolson presented his auto to 

• ..Martha. Jlaye, . who .was featured in 
. Hold 7 **i To Your . Hats,' -Which 

closed at. the Shubert, Saturday (IK 
Arthur Ungar (Variety), will stop 
over .in N.Y. en route back to Holly 
TjKiod . trom the Miami preem o, 
:• Back street.' Be in town a week or 
to. •• ■■■■ .. ■ 

Mpzelle Britton, who was .. 
Separate Rooms' (Plymouth), is un 
der doctor's care at Liberty; N Y, 
She is married to Alan Dihehart 
starring in 'Rooms.' 

Jinx Falkenberg, who closed Sat 
urday (1) m < Hold on t b Your Hats, 

w the Shubert; N. Y., planed Mon- 
* ' fay (3) to the Coast, where she'll be 
; tested by 20th-Fox;' 
.Martin Broones and wife (Char 
tttte Greenwood) in and out of 
town, back to the Coast via a Wash 
wgton stopoff for the President': 
Birthday Ball festivities. 

Florence and Edgar Leslie,, the 
■ongwnter, celebrate their 25th' an 



niversary and her birthday on the 
same day this week. ASCAP matters 
are stalling their holiday '■ departure 
John J. Canning; former Klaw & 
Erlanger boxoff ice man and later 
deputy, state motion picture- commis- 
sioner, back on his feet after lengthy 
illness. He's now in insurance biz in 
Brooklyn. , .."-v.-.' 

Carletpn Ketchum. London news- 
paperman , and personal friend of 
jord ' Beaverbrook, in town to dis- 
cuss matters . of a diplomatic nature 
as well as. reprinting of a bbok he 
wrote sometime ago. : ; ; / 

Lana Turner,, accompanied by. her 
mother, and . Tony Martin, - Metro 
ilayers who attended the President's. 
Jirthday ball last -week in Washing- 
ton, oft to Hollywood Monday (3) 
night ; after spending three . days 
doing Broadway- shows and cafes. 



VARIETY 



CHATTER 



61 



. Local film companies dickering fo» 
vera Lynn for filmusical. 



bourne, into a pic house this year* 
This will give.: him ;two acers in the 
city. •:. " . 

Night clgbs;: are looking : for talent 
to boost biz throughout the suin- 
mer ..season; Scarcity of overseas' 



Llandudno, where 
doctor's care, 



Harold: Hdr an; of Time, to Chile 
for a short stay. '; 

John. Gunther, gathering material 
for! a book, off to Paraguay. 

Adolf o H. Fuerites, vet actor, given 
big public celebration on 56th birth- 
day. '.'••.•''••.- 

Stuart' Dunlap, Metro head here, 
down to Mar del Plata, seaside resort, 
for a short stay, 

Bob Wilder, who does 'On the Sun 
Deck' for New York Sun, here on a. 
round-continent tour.. : . I 

'Vilma Vidal joined cast of 'La Casa 
de lbs Cuervos,'- being done ' at 
Studios San Isidr o by Carlos 
Bdrcosque. . 

Spanish tenor Juan Garcia opened 
at. the Avenida in .'La' Meiga,'' by 
Jesus ; Guirdi, F. ■ Romero and G. 
Fernandez Shaw; 

Actor Flbrencib Parravicini, . ill 
some time at house in suburban San ; 
Isidro, off. to the mountains in 
Ascochihga, Cordoba. 

Company of Leon Zarate extended 
stay at Teatro Variedades because of 
smash biz with 'Payucanb Zono,' by 
Carlos R. de Paoli and Victor Elia. . 

Company directed by Hugo Christr 
ehsen off to location -for shots oft 
Lumiton's /Aguila Blanca' ('.White 
Eagle'). Film stars Francisco. Petrone; 

Casa de Descanso (House of Rest), 
for all branches. of entertainment in- 
dustry, opened in.Thea; Province of 
Cordoba; about fivef hours by train 
from B. A. .':;*• • ' 

Character actress Camila Quiroga 
signed by EFA for' new pic to be 
directed by Zavalia, written by 
Alejandro Gasona. and also featuring 
Delia Garces and Pedro Lopez Lagar 
t i?? Arias"Napoleon,' directed by 
Luis Cesar. Amadori, being given big 
advance buildup.. Will open simul- 
taneously here arid in seaside -resort 
Mardel Plata, first; time such a stunt 
tried, here. 

.^al completed to have Yehudi 
Menuhin play the Colon on his tour 
here in April. Being handled by 
local impresario Bernardo Iriberri, 
who had been angling for the Tiouse 
sometime. 



ue Serrano, writer, unable to 
complete^ work oh Lumiton's 'Un 
Bebe de Pans' ('A Baby from Paris') 
because of illness. Work on film, 
being directed, by Manuel Romero, 
temporarily tied up. '.' 

Zuliy Moreno, Jose Ruzzo and 
e.asimiro Ross signed, by EFA to 
write specialties for 'En La Luz de 
Una Estrella .('In. the Light, of a 
5 tar )» *° feature singing star Hugo 
del Carnl. Enrique Santos DiscepolO 
will direct. 

. Herb Clark, No. 2. man in the N. Y. 
Herald; Tribune bureau here, married 
to Catherine Ann Ehrke, with 
Harold K. Milks of AP as best man 
and Walter B. Kerri Jr.. bureau hekd 
also in attendance. Clark also does 
weekly CBS short-waver, . 



division 



.Ames 



in 



Eddie Saunders, -Metro 
head, in for local, o.o. 

; Eddy, buchih, mulling a r special 
concert at Orchestra Hall. 

Judy. Elliott and Janet 
readying' a sister dance act. 

: : Harry Grebeh back at his agency 
desk after a sojourn in Florida 

vHarry / Garfield's infant daughter 
on /way to ; Recovery after ^ pheumoriia, 

Al Borde .to' Iowa to lamp the 
brcfak-in of -'--his. new unit, ■ 'Screw: 
balls of 1941,' • ■ ■ . 

Guy . Robertson.' and :. Audrey 
Christie, coming in with 'My Sister 
Eileen,' setting' several radio shots 

Leonard joy due. in this week to 
set several recording dates for Dick 
Todd and the Enric Madriguera orch 

Jack- Irving, American: Guild - of 
Variety ArtisU chief here, guested at 
special wedding anniversary spread 
at' the Shefmnn hotel. • 
. Joe Glaser in town for the Lionel 
Hampton opening arid for .confabs 
With Jack Denny after a trip through 
Seven southern and midwest keys, 

Frank Kel ton, Mills music profes- 
sional chief, in on song business and 
to visit wife,. Sally Sweet currently 
warbling in the: Camellia House, 
Drake hotel. 



^arry Nesbitt (Nesbitt Bros.).; in! acU- means -plenty of work for the 
" J " " ' he. is under , locals. 

: Local. Red Cross officials anticipate 
collecting around; $36,000 from radio 
fans following the airing here of ,a 
special program direct from Holly-- 
whod -via commercial hookup. 

Another ; bid will be made ^by- 
certain pic loops to the government 
for permission to open- theatres on 
Good Friday; Strong opposition to 
move .itrili: come ^fi dm the -Theatrical 
Employees' Assh,,. with the claim that 
•employees are entitled to the : :shut- 
d.own. : " ■.: ■ :, 

; '40,000 Horsemen' (U) is smashing 
all . records for a locally-produced 
film. .Universal; in association .with 
Hoyts and Charles Chauvel; recently 
paid the government of New South 
Wales $36,000 for its financial shake, 
arid pic will now operate minus any 
governmental say-so. . ..; ';• 



Associated Talking. Pictures' next 
Will Hay vehicle. will be tlnside In- 
formation,' with Walter. Forde likely 
to direct. ■ '■. 
'I Sadler's Weils . Ballet, which had 
evacuated to the, midlands;, return ing 
to- towri to g|ve a. month's, season at 
the New theatre; ' ■. '/. . : .' -/ 

A;new: symphony -orchestra under 
Sidney Beer formed to give Satur- 
day afternoon concerts . at Savoy 
theatre for six weeks. - 

.Bookings . for- Francis Laidler's 
pantomime. 'Aladdiri,'. at the Coli-. 
ieurii /run into March. . Show plays 
twice dailyt closing around 7 -p.m. : ; 

BBC doing 7 a 50-mihute. broadcast 
of Manning Sherwin's compositions, 
played, by. Geraldo /arid his band. 
Called. 'Spotlight on a ■Tunesmith;' - . 

Joe/ Friedman; Columbia Pictures; 
head in London, writing to Maxie 
Thorpei his head of sales,, that; he ,iri-: 
tends- returning to London shortly. 

Oswald Stoll is trying to make deal 
with, local film: distributors' to estabV 
lish his Kingsway picture house -as 
second pre-release spot in the . West 
End. 

Jack Doyie. filed petition- in bank- 
ruptcy. Uriderstooa it was due to 
pressure from the Comriiissibn of In- 
come Tax, to which he is said to owe 
$G,800. ;■■;;;■; , ■.■■ ■:■;/.■• 

; Ray Koski, 53, wife; of Jack Koski, 
d irec tor of ...Medway ' Picture, theatre^, 
died suddenly from meningitis, de- 
ceased was mother-in-law;; of Monty 
Bermam ■ -.' ■', ' . .' ;;■ 

Joe Loss band; bdoked at Green's 
Playhouse ballroorii, Glasgow, for 
five weeks, held over another two 
weeks. Band averaging steady $8,000 
per week. ■. '. ■ : 
Savoy ; and Berkeley hotels have 
reduced their band aggregations; 
Carroll Gibbons, at former, from 15 
to seven, and Al Collins, at latter, 
from 12 to five. • . ; . . 

E; H. Bbstock, the circus man who 
died recently; left $250,000. One. Of 
the heirs is his nephew, Gordon 
Bostdck, some years ago a. vaudeville 
agent in New York. 

Ronald Squire and Elizabeth Allan 
to co-star in new Edward Percy and 
Reginald Denharii play, 'The Little. 
Dog Laughed,' which starts pro^ 
vincial tour this, month.- 

Maurice Elvey has lined up bank- 
roll for his musical picture, Ulitz 
Hotel.' with Manning Sherwin having 
written the rnusic. Producer is ti-y^- 
ing to prevail upon Sherwin to ap- 
pear in picture. '. 
' Warner Bros, holding tip produc 
tion of its next picture,"whlch:was to 
have been : 'Trilby,' due to John 
Gielgud, wanted to play the Sverigali 
role, not available. Company dicker- 
ing with Anton Walbrook to take 
Gielgud's place. 



Miami 



Australia 

By Erie Gorrtck 



Noel Coward made p.a. through 
New Zealand. 

Dave Martin set 'Susan and. God' 
for Minerva, Sydney. . 

Jack Davey, the radioer, Winchel- 
lihc for a Sydney daily. . 

Film trade continues , smartly 
throughout New Zealand. / 

Williamson-Tait may bring . the 
JSBs'.Ballet unit from/ U. S. ■'■;'«■''.. 

Gilbert-Sullivari . troupe playing 
New Zealand for Williamson-Tait. - 

Anita and Armand, U. S. dancers, 
playing for Greater Union Theatres. 

. Will .Mahoney doing a repeat sea- 
son in.jperth for the new Waterman 
lbob. 

Talent quests continue to grow in 
popularity here- both in radio and 
pic houses. 

Washup of Hoyts-Greater Union 
merger very pleasing. to pic. indus- 
try in general.- '. 

Extracts . . from Milton Berle's 
Variety column are being widely 
quoted locally. 

' 'Boom TowriV (M-G) will probably 
be held, here for Lenten- release oyer 
the Metro loop. . . : . •' ' 

Charles Munro, . m.d. of Hoyts. is 
loOkseeing.more habe si tes to further 
extend pic. : loop. / 
: Wallace Parnell, managing director, 
of the Tiv.oli loop forced cancel U; S: 
trip due to illness. . 

Pantos are. doing very good trade 
in Sydney arid. Melbourne for Tivoli 
land Williamson-Tait . 

'Ramparts . We Watch' (RKO) 
skidded badly in Sydney and was 
•yahked after -two very slow weeks. 
.-' Williamsori-Tait will ' spot Marie. 
Ney in 'Private Lives'-; in Sydney for 
a : run bid. • ' Legiter did top . biz. in 
Melbourne recently; 

:Carl Brissoh bows irilo Sydney 
this month with revue bid for Wil- 
liamson-Tait. Melbourne: and New 
Zealand funs follow.. / 

Wifth's circtis finding, going easier 
in the stix now that the long drought 
has broken; Unit will go to Sydney 
for the Lenten season.: . - 
. CarrolJ Binder, foreign- -editor, of- 
Chicago Daily News, : and , W. Way- 
mack. Des Moines Register, are look- 
seeing into Australia's war effort. ; 

Sir Ben Fuller going ahead with 
plans to turji. his Princess, Mel- 



Abe Lyman, took ai hdiise .for the 
season.. His personal/ rep;' Harry 
Weinstein, ditto. • 

Carl Erbe, . tycoon of local pub- 
licists, has: a sub-p.a.; spotted in al- 
most every major jpirit... 

Topfli ght newspaper bunch" in 
towp, what .with the Universal press 
junket for 'Back .. Street/, arid, the 
season just' getting into . full stride, 

Irving Lazar; MCA riitery booker, 
to Cuba to -trek riew .talent, follow 
irig ; holiday -biz stay - here; Jack 
Lear and . Harry Moss, also MCA 
"frbm N.- Y., here; strictly vacash. 

Walter Wirichell's barber played 
hirn a platinum-hued trick while he 
fell asleep in the chair.: That bar- 
ber is a character who clips 
mustaches, etc., while customers 
doze offr' .'-.- 

Milton Berle again headlined the 
YMHA annual show which Nick 
Kenny, tadib columnist, emcees here, 
despite, mild feud with Kenny last 
year.: . It's latter's seventh stint for 
the Y. 

Mary Brian; guest starring for 
Gant Gaither's legit, : in 'The . First 
Year," may duck her 'NO Time . for 
Comedy' commitment (with Francis 
Lederer,' already here) ..and try 
Havana to break up aipersisteht oold 
Mrs. Bror Dahlberg is Gaither's 
angel. •• , / . 

Jack Robbins, music pub • and 
'conga king'— he's a nut. on. Latin 
music and himself a crack con- 
garhumba hoofer— to Hayana to sur 
vey. the Cuban situation 'for a month. 
May try Mexico City thereafter. 
Has been here a month. . 

Louie. (N. Y. Journal-American) 
Sobol joined the Mrs. here this 
weekend; the Nick Kennys back to 
NewiYork. Hy Gardner, syndicated 
columnist, also recently arrived, arid 
Dick Fishell, WHN sportscaster, Just 
back to New York. Winchell, of 
course, stays all winter. 

Much newspaper glee over reports 
of big bliz in northern key cities, but 
none the less Walgreen's chain full 
page advertised sundry cold -nos- 
trums, arid department stores; trail 
efize, 'We have heaters and blankets; 
don!t suffer as you did in last night's 
chill;' Weather better however. 



. Charlie Einfeld at home, with flu. . 

Barbara O'Neil. back to work, after 
flu. :/ : -.\ 'v>; 

Darryl Zanuck vacationing in Suii 
Valley. / • 

Russell Stapleton checked in at Al 
Wager agency. ' 

Milton Watt joined David O. Selz» 
hick's publicity staff; ■ , 

Martha Scott returned to wbrk :• 
after a week's illness.. 

Jack Carson and bride planed east ; 
on a belated honeymoon. 

Leon : Schlesinger back after, two : 
weeks' Broadway looksee. i .. 

Frederick Stephani back at Metro 
after two months illness. 

Peter O'Crolty • on crutches after 
wrestling: with a tame, bear; 

Edgar Selwyn back at .his Metro ; • 
desk following a week's illness. - 
■ Jackie. Cooper : ;r.eturned from. « ..... 
month's, vacation at. Palrri Springs. 
. Rosemary Lane returned to film 
work after eight weeks of touring. 

Jack Conn and, Abe Schneider In 
town for studib huddles at Columbia;. 

Fibber McGee was elected : presl-> ' 
derit of. the. Encino Chamber of Com- 
merce. "■: . V y.' .'■'■■ 

Bob; Kessrier, of Fox^West coarst 
forces, left for Eort Benriing, Ga. r to 
join the Army. 

Eleanor Powell rehearsing dance 
routines with a trained .poodle for 
her: next picture.; 

George Glass appointed western, 
director of publicity, and advertising 
for United Artists, r ■ 

Cecile Kramer upp.ed to chief of 
Harry; Sherman's western story de- 
partment at Paramount. 
. Murray Stravers, southern Cali- 
fornia inahager for- ASCAP, in hos- 
pital after a. motor crash. 
. Dorothy Lamour caught a cold and 
staged . home while 'Caught in thr 
Draft' was shot around her. - • . 

Bing Crosby arid two of his kids 
join the rest of the family this week 
for a. vacation in Sun -Valley. . 

Norman Kerry : back in Hollywood 
after a term" contract • with the 
French Foreign Legion in Africa. 

Jeanette MacDonald goes to Pitts- 
burgh Feb„23. to put. on -a concert; rev 
cently canceled - because; of lllnessr 

Gomrnander Arthur , Jarrett, . of 
Royal Navy arid. Gaumont British 
Theatres, . , huddling with Darryl. 
Zanuck. 

Francis T. • Hafley, manager of. 
British production for 20th-Fox, oil 
his way back to England after studio 
huddles. 

Crippled children profited more 
than $5,000 as a result of Bing 
Crosby's. golf tournament at Rahcho 
Santa Fe. 

James Dietrich, Orchestra -leader, 
filed a -19,500 damage suit against 
Clifton E. Barber, musician, as a r«- 
siilt of an auto accident. 



Mexico City 

By , Douglas L; Grahame 

Ethel Mackleen, the. comedienne, 
ill here'.' ' ' 

Vicente Miranda, owner; of El Pa- 
tio nitery, around again after grippe 

Winifred Christie, the concert 
pianist, has established residence in 
Mexico. ..... 

Matilde Palou, light comedy star 
heading a stage road company after 
pic work here. 

Prudencia Grifell/'on a road toii'r 
with her drarijatic company after a 
highly successful; season here.; 

Manuel Medei, the comic, recruit- 
ing a compairiy which he expects to 
b.bok into Latin theatres in .the U.S. 

D.oriiirigb Soligr. the dramatic actor, 
vacationing at Mazatlari, a Pacific 
port resort,- after' a. successful , road 
tour. ' .- .: '■■. .■.'-.. . ;■ 

Julian Carrlllo, Inventor of 'Cord 
13.' a musical, irinovation. featu'red at 
the music festival in San Luis Potosi. 

Miguel Monfemaybr,- this youngster, 
who ' made ' a sensation as a film 
comic, to Los Angeles, contracted by 
tVank Fouce for nis:theatres. 

Dolores' del Rlo's nix Of the- lead, 
in a - revival, of 'Saiita' CSaintess'), 
which was Mexico's first. talker v a t- 
tributed to: her signing with RKO. 

Adi'iaria Lamar t the pic actress, is 
soon to make her stage debut at the 
Teatro Arbeu here in a drama, 'Marie 
Antoinette,' story of the / ill-starred 
French queen. . • 

Caritinfiasi tramp eorriic, ends his 
season, at the Fbilie Bergere Feb. 17, 
rests, until March 7,. when he -begins 
playing the lead in a bull fight bur- 
lesque pic he .will, produce. . 

Arcady Bpytler^ Russian pic actor- 
director, has sold to a syndicate of 
. Spanish political refugees his shorts 
crind' cinema, Clnelartdia,. here, the 
first of the kind to open in-Mexico. 



By Les Eeea 



Fay Dressel,' RKO branch man- 
ager,, beat flu. 

Swedish films ihto Lyceum, legit 
roadshow house, on weekends. 

M-G exchange to enter team in. 
A;B.C, bowling tournament here. 

J. W. McFarland and Joe Powers, 
National Screen heads;, flu sufferers.. 

Daughter of Hy Chapman, Colum- . 
bia branch manager, to wed March 
22. .-■ ' . 

Allerf Usher, new Paramount dis- 
trict manager; a visitor from Chlr 
cago. 

M-G staff tossed party for Verno 
Smith, transferred to -Kansas City 
as head booker. 

Livingston Lanhing, Minnesota 
theatre -manager, . confined to hotel 
rooms by illness. , 

L. E. Goldhammer, RKO district 
rnanager, visiting Omaha and Des 
Moines exchanges. , 
; Bob Hazletori resigned froiri Harry. 
Dickerman circuit to join M-G ac- 
counting department. f- 

Arch Zacnerl, veteran Universal, 
salesman, in . Asbury hospital re- 
cuperating from heart attack. 

E. J. Weisfeldt, Mirinespta theatro. 
managing director, up from Milwau- 
kee for 'Screwballs of 1941' : opening. 
. LOca'l Universal office climbed . to 
seventh place nationally in Bill 
Scully 'anniversary sales drive stand--, 
ings. .: .>■':■ ,.,v /;•■•. 
'. After 19 years with company, AHa 
Johnson resigning from RKO office 
staff to devote herself ' to domestic 
duties. ,• ' ■ 

Gus Arnheim's otchestra. played 
at local President's . .Birthday. BalL 
Which drew 7,000 people to Audi- 
torium. ' " '■:":-..- /' ' -. 

Abe Engler to start ^excavations . 
March 1 for new 1,000-seat $100,000 
theatre at Hopkins, local . suburb, 
where he operates the Royal. 
. Merle Potter, TimerTribune film 
editor, flew to Miami ; for 'Back 
Street' premiere and-thence will go 
to Hollywood . for annual news-, 
gathering, jaunt, v ' 

SaJly Rand unit /disbanded , after 
Minnesota theatre .engagement here, 
Miss Rarid proceeding to fill- State* • 
Lake, Chicago, arid, Miami, Fla., 
night club engagements alone. - ; 

Ben Blue, Kitty Carlisle arid Rufe. 
.Davis headlining ensuing week's Qr- 
pheum bill. 'International Revue' 
and Earl Carroll's 'Vanities* also un- 
derlined for this month at Singer 
house. 



Wednesday, February 5, 194l 



OBITUARIES 



1 



.-.:. MARIE NARELLE 

Marie Narelie, 67, concert singer 
, and actress who last appeared' in the 
London . , musical success, 'Under 
Your Hat,' which, starred Jack Hul- 
bertand Gicely Courtheidge in 1937, 
died Jan. 25 at - Chipping Norton* 
near Oxford, England. •-. 

An Australian by 'birth, Mine: Na- 
relie made her debut in 1904 at the 
St. Louis World's Fair; Gifted, with 
a fine soprano voice, she specialized 
in Irish songs and once toured with 
John McCormack. 

Twice- weti,Mme. Narelie used the. 
name of her .first husband for pro- 
fessional purpose's. He died, many 
years ago when she scarcely had 
started her career. Upon marrying 
Harry A, : Currie, she. left the prof es-, 
sional concert- stage although she oc- 
casionally sang- for charity. After 
his ..death in '1934, she went abroad 
and returned, to the theatre for the 
Hulbert-Courtheidge musical. 

Survivors are a son, Reginald Na- 
relie; and. also two daughters by her 
first marriage. ' 



CHARLES H. JONES I 

Charles Hi Jones, 66; , retired 
vaude and circus performer who, 
with his wife Ruth, trouped in an. 
aerial act. known: as The Leoras and 
later were featured as the Ruth 
Howell Duo, died of a heart attack 
Jani 8 at his home near Garrison, 
Minn. For some time he had been 
in failing health. ''■.'"' 

A native of Emporia, Kas., Jones 
started his career as a highwire 
worker . and balloon ascender at 
fair's and amusement parks. After 
his marriage to Ruth Willman in 
1909 the pair teamed as The Lepras 
and later established the Howell 
Duo while touring the Pantages and 
Orpheum circuits. 
. Since 1930 Jones had lived in 
Anoka, Minn., where he Was en- 
gaged with his son, Don, in the oil 
business; Also leaves widow and 
two half-sisters. .. Burial at Brainerd, 
Minn. 



BILLY DE MONT 

Billy De -Mont, 67, actor and vaude 
performer who last appeared in the 
late Joseph M. Gaites' production of 
The Man Who Killed Lincoln' at 
the Longacre, N.Y., a.year ago, died 
Jan. 29 in New York. 

Born in Louisville, Ky., as Williaro 
De Mont Evans, he later took the 
name of Billy De Mont for profes- 
sional purposes. For .35 years he 
worked in vaude, acted on the le- 
gitimate stage and also wrote plays 
and composed. He teamed with his 
Wife, Lillyn as Brown and De- Mont, 
an act known as the two Black Dia- 
monds: More recently he had ap- 
peared on several radio dramatic 
sketches. 

Also surviving are a. soft, daughter 
iiid a sister. 



CLARA B. PRICE 

Clara B. Price, 85, Shakespearean 
actress, died Feb. 1 in Santa Monica 
hospital, Santa Monica, Calif., from 
complications resulting from a 
broken leg which she sustained In 
a fall about three months ago. 

Widow of an actor, Mark Price, 
she was a native of Boston, where 
6he played in stock for 10 years with 
the Boston Theatre Company. Mrs. 
Price; usually seen^in either Shakes- 
pearean or romantic parts, later 
joined Augustin Daly's company, and 
for five years appeared with Robert 
Man tell. 

After cremation, the ashes will be 
placed beside' the "grave of her hus- 
band in Kensico Cemetery,. N. Y. He 
died in 1917. 



V 



JIMMY JONES 

J. West Jones, 53,. known toi per- 
formers and patrons of Steel Pier 
Music Hall, Atlantic City, where he 
conducted orch as Jimmy Jones, died 
: suddenly of .heart attack Jan. 28 in 
Philadelphia: For 16 : years, Jones 
' directed the pier orchestra each sunv 
rnery; and during winter season enr 
gaged in' similar . capacity at ■ Fay's 
theatre, Philadelphia. 

Jones played on old keith circuit 
and was also a' composer. At one time 
he was associated with J. Bart 
McHugh in musical show produc- 
tions. He - was the featured pianist 
at Variety Club . dinner at Bellevue- 
Stratford. hotel the night . before his 
death. 

Widow and. Son" survive./. 



JOHN J. FARREN 
John J. Farren, 60, former owner 
of the Victoria theatre, ; Rochester, 
N. Y;, died Jan. 26 at his home in. 
Rochester after two years* illness. 
He was a native of New York, mov- 
ing to Rochester 35 years ago to be* 



come manager of the. Hippodrome 
theatre, one -of earliest film houses 
in the upstate city. A year . later he 
became manager, and part owner of 
the Victoria; operated as vaudfllm 
house until his /- retirement inL 1929. 
Three, years later : the .theatre was 
razed. 

Widow, Mary Dblan Farren, sur- 
vives. ' 



GRACE LYNN 
Grace. Lynn, 57, actress and news- 
paper contributor, died Jan. 29 after 
a short illness at the Monteflore hos- 
pital, Bronx, N.Y. A native of New 
York, she was a graduate of Hunter 
College. • . . 

Miss Lynn, who had a long and 
varied career on the stage, at one 
time acted as understudy to Henri- 
etta Crossman, In recent years she 
had done free-lance literary work, 
writing chiefly on theatrical topics. 

Surviving are two sisters and two 
brothers. Funeral, services were 
held in New York Friday (31) under 
auspices of. the Actors' Fund, 

HENRY S. KOPPIN . ' 
Henry S. Koppin, 64, who built 
and at various times operated 26 the- 
atres, in Detroit, died suddenly, in 
Toledo, O., when he suffered a stroke 



Caldwell H. Brown, Jr. 

1911—1936 



while on a businarr trip- koppin 
was . also the operator' for years of 
the Ramona dance hall and amuse- 
ment park at the entrance to Belle 
Isle, -Mich: Leaves widow, three 
sons, one of whom, Henry, manages 
the Uptown theatre, Detroit^ and two 
daughters. 



VIOLET ESSEX 

Violet Essex, . 48, London musical 
comedy star during the last war, 
died Jan. 31 in Beverly Hills, 
Calif. Privately she was the wife of 
Charles Levlnson Tucker. 

Miss Essex, who early in her 
career sang at Covent Garden, went 
on to assume the role of Margana 
in the musical, 'Chu Chin Chow,' 
Which ran in -London for more than 
five years. 



TRACY C. BERGERON 

Tracy C. . Bergeron, 70, manager 
and pianist of the old-time vaude 
Harmony Four, died Jan, 23 in 
Cleveland. He helped form the 
quartet 50 years ago and toured it 
through the continent and in Eng- 
land for years. 

Team, included Frank Barrett, now 
in music business in London; Eddie 
Hughes and Fred Brockman, all 
Clevelanders. '-■'. 



WALTER J. GARYN 

. Walter J. Garyn, '50; operating for 
three .years as Garynteed Pictures, 
Inc.,. independent film exchange at, 
Dallas, Texas, and. .a veteran film 
salesman, died . recently of heart 
disease. Formerly ., was general 
salesrhanager of National Screen] 
Service. Native of St. Louis, he be? 
gan with Fox Films, later Held M-G 
executive sales job. 
Widow and sister survive. : ' 



State; Strand, Delia and Roxy, to fhe 
Butterfleld chain. 
He leaves widow and daughter. 



STEFAN PECHA V- : -'.'''; 

Stefan Pecha, 28, who had played 
first oboe with the Metropolitan 
Opera Orchestra for the past'. five 
years, died Jan. 29 at his room in a 
New York hotel. ' ' : : \ : 

Born . in Czechoslovakia, . Pecha 
came to the . United States at the age 
of 12 and received his early; musical 
education at the Institute of Musical 
Art, N. Y. 



.. A RM A ND KALIZ . 
■'..' Armand Kaliz, 49, long a stage, ac- 
tor and for the past 10 years a screen- 
actor- writer^ died ■'■ Feb. . 1 in Beverly 
Hills, Cal., of a heart ailment ' 

Coming to- this country after the 
World • War, -Kaliz appeared in many 
Broadway plays and .for years was 
an Orpheum headlirier. He acted in. 
30 pictures arid later, turned to 
writing. : 
: Widow survives. '-. 



LESTER E. MATT .-' 
Lester E. Matt, 61, one of the pio- 
neer showmen of Flint (Mich.), died 
of a heart, attack while returning 
home fr.Om his winter camp at Mio, 
Mich., ' Jan. 27. Only a: few weeks 
ago he retired from business, selling 
his four film houses In Flinty the 



RALPH RICKENBACHER 

, Ralph . Rickeribacher, music con- 
tractor ' on several Coast radio 
shows, died Feb. I in Santo Monica, 

cai. ■ v 

"•' Survived by widow arid' brother, 
Paul Rickenbacher, radio exec with 
J. Waiter Thompson agency in 
Hollywood. ' 



Father, 80, of Milton Silver, ad- 
vertising and publicity director for 
National Screen Service^ died of a 
cerebral .hemorrhage Jan. 30 in 
Flushing, L; I. Besides -his soft, 
widow and four daughters also surv, 
vive. Funeral services were held 
Sunday (2) in Flushing. . 



.. Aba W. Rlegelman, 55, salesman 
for 20th-Fox in, southern Iowa for 14 
years, died Jan. 27 at Iowa Lutheran 
hospital, Des Moines, after a ; - brief 
illness; . Survived by a son, sister and 
four brothers. 



Mrs. Mary Frledland, /mother of 
Bess. Schulter, member of a syndi- 
cate operating several nabe Aimers 
in St Louis, died last week. A 
son, Al Friedlandi is an officer of 
IATSE, Local No. 143. 



Mariano Spazlano, about 70, father 
of Joe Spaziano who leads 'orchestra 
at Fay's Theatre, Providence, - : died. 
Sunday, Jari. 26', aftejr lorig illness. v 

* MARRIAGES 

Vera Engelsi to Ivan . Lebedeff, in 
Enseriada, Mexico, Jan. 24. Bride's 
an actress; he's, a film player, j 

Lynne Roberts to William Engel- 
bert. iii. Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 6..' Bride, 
is contract player at 20th-Fox. 

Mary Fletcher to Victor Thorleyv 
in; New York, Feb, 4. Both are, 
'legit prayers.- 4 

Lillian Keil to Michael Cirillo, In 
Detroit, Jan. 29.. Bride is-- beauty 
contest winner; . with 'American 
Beauties Oh Parade* vaude unit; he's 
of Three Cirillos vaude act. 

Thora Hoagland to Harold Eckert; 
Jan. 29, in Columbus, O. He's drama 
editor of The Ohio State-Journal, 
Columbus. 

Jacqueline Dalya to William Con- 
selman, Jr.; in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 
27. She's a. film player; he's a screen 
writer. : 

" Marjorie Lytell to James MacColl, 
Jan. -30, Jn Newport, Ky. Bride is 
former Wife of Philip Faversham, 
son .of . William Faversham, stage 
star; MacColl is legit player. 

Osa Johnson to Clark H. Getts, in 
New York, Feb. 3. Bride, was widow 
of adventurer, Martin J ohnson; he's 
her manager. 

Gertrude . Winer to Ira Kaplan, in 
Detroit, Jan. 29. He is manager arid 
part owner of Cinema theatre, De- 
, troit; bride is radio actress.. 

BIRTHS 

Mr. and Mrs. John Herberg, son, in 
Seattle, Jari. 24. Mother is Gene 
Dennis,, the psychic; father is north- 
west theatre owner. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Perrine, 
daughter, in Hollywood, Jan. 21. 
Father is manager of Ruthrauff and 
Ryan ad agency there. 
_.Mr. and Mrs. John Melbourne, son, 
Jan. 25, in Springfield, III. Father is. 
a member of. the talent staff of 
WCBS, Springfield. 111. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Green, 
daughter, in New York. Father was 
formerly in RKO Radio homeibffice 
advertising dept., now. in liquor-busi- 
ness- for himself. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ned Scott, daughter, 
in Hollywood, Jan. 26. Father is still 
photographer for Globe Productions. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank, McLatchy, 
son; : Jari, 16, in Salt Lake City. 
Father is sales executive for ' KSL, 
Sait Lake CUy.. ' ; ' ■■ 
; Mr. and ;Mrs.. Ralph W..Hardy,,sohi 
in Salt Lake CitJV Jan. 18. Father 
is sales executive for KSL. 

Mr- : and Mrs. Wayne F. Richards, 
daughter, in Salt Lake City, Jan. 30. 
Father is .promotion .and publicity 
head at KSL. 

. Mrv and [ Mrs. Jack Daniels, son, in 
]^ew-. York, last. week. Father's a 
legit actor. 

Mr. and Mrs. Barron Howard, 
daughter, ; in Richmond; Va;, last 
week. Father is business manager 
of WRVA( Richiriond, . ; 
. ■[ Mr. and Mrs. Edd Henry, daugh- 
ter, in Hollywood, Feb. 2. Mother is 
fllni actress. Joyce Bryant; father is 
an agent. ■ 



Plans Lynchburg House . 

; Lynchburg, Va., Feb: 4; . 

Site, on High street, Portsmouth, 
has been bought by William. S, Wild- 
er for a $200^000 theatre! seating 
1,200. Ground is to be broken soon. 

'Wilder owns a string of Virginia 
houses. ' ■ ' • 



Bills Hext Week 



{Continued from page 56; 



Jay Jason ' .'■ 
Pol Jlai* (Jla-- 
Pets VUra- Oro 

. «atler Ilptel 

B' Uftdrlguera pro 
Patricia Olliho'r* ■ 
Encudero 
Sarlta & Tito 
Morale* ; 

. Sav Diego V ; 
Qeorgef Prcsnell. . - . 
Al Alnxander Oro 
pan Merryman . 



Don- Francisco 
Starr & Jlaxlno - ' 

'" VenM'a 

Bert- Nolan ■ 
Boyd Senter 
Mafcla :hastlnff : 
Betty Belvllle 
Harry Collet Oro 

>T1ilttifr Hotel : 
_jOold Cap Room) 
Tony Pattl 

'. .Wonder' Bar ■ 
Sammy Olbert Orb 



PITTSBUS6H 



■ Anchorage 

Hugh .Morton' Oro 
Maynard Deane .. 
' Arlington Lodge • 
Phil Cavezza Ore . 

Uachelors' -;C.lub- 
Al:. Turner . Qrc . 
France* McCoy 

. ' Balconadea . 
Joe y41lella Oro , . 

° IUiy Grfen'a • 
Olyde- Knight 6ro.'- : . 
Janet XaeT -. 
Herb. Roaher •'. 

Boogie- WflOgle Clab 

Boog Sherman 
lzzy Nutz 
Buddy Walsh . 
Nutsy. Fa gan - 
Harry Comorada.v' 
Pocky .' M'Farland' . 
Tiny Miller 
Bernle Crawford - 
Club Petite. 
Piccolo Pete Oro 
Mary Krleg 
Bernle- Lambert 
Ted ' belmohlf o ' 
Betty. Benz ' 
Betty Be.egle ;. 

Cork arid Bottle 
Jack Davis 

Eddie. Peyton's 
BUI Campbell Orb ■ 
Caroline Moore . 
Mabel Harrold 
Marlon - Muller . " ■ 
Eddie Peyton .-' 

El Chlco . 

Clra liuDA'S. Oro 
Bsfre'llta Pena 
Alziro Camargo , . 
Chlnlta Marin 
Charley Boy 

Hotel Fort Pitt-.. 
Ken Bailey Ore 
Johnny Mitchell 
Jessica Wheatley - . . 
Harry Walton • 
Irma Outhreil 

Hotnl Henry 
(Silver Orlll) 
Billy Treacher Ore 
Sandy Davidson ' 
Flo Parker ' : . 
Jean Wood's ; 

. ; (Gny 90'«) . . 
Dorothy Nesbltt ' 
Hotel ,7th Avenue 
Bess Saunders . 
Ida Iola . . 

'Everett Haydn ' 
Betty Donahoe 
Shirley Heller 
At Devln '.-■■.■ 
Evergreen Garden* 

Red Clarke Oro 
Ebble Srhaub . 
Paula Harvey 

, Hotel Rlln 

Olga Mundy Oro 



Dale 8t Clair 
Zelda. • 

Hotel Boo«evelt 

Ted Blake ' 
Men About . 

.' Hotel Schealey 
Billy Hinds Oro 
Patty Dixon 
Buzz Mayer '■ ■. 

- Hotel Win. Penn ' 
<Chatterbok) 

Baron Elliott . Ore . 

(Continental Bar) 

Frank Andrlnl i 

Herry-Oo-Roand 

Brad Hunt bro 
Jeanle Regal 
Billy Carmlchael 
Huntsrqen 

ly'e.w.- Penn- -, ■ 
Henry Blauth Ore..-. 
' •' :-. Niion Cufo ..■•'. 
Al Marlsco Ore . 
Bob Carter H--.'. 
Lester & Irma Jean 
Thompson, Bros/' 
Norma Shea ■ 
Starlets- . 

Nat Hour* 

bale Hark'nes* .' 
Ray Neville . 
Pat McGowan 
Joey Reynold* 
Chiick Wilson': 
. Oasl* ..'.' 

Louie Pope Oro 
Margie- Krabe'r 
' .Orchard .'• 

7lmmy' iQamble' Ore 
Jay Lorlng ... 
Chiick Miller 
Pine* 
Bill LeRoy Oro 
Tony Rozance 
Ray Englert 

: Yacht Clnb 
Jack ■ Walton Oro 
Llto & Lee 
Yachtsmen 
Betty Nyln'nder 
Harry Schilling 
Bert Nagel Co - - 
Tom Ball G Is 

8Uy-Vu». 
Mickey Ross Oro 
Sky Pilots 

Union Grill 
Art Tagelio . 
Frank Natale 
Mllce Sandretto. 

Villa Madrid 

Etzl Covato Orb . 
Mark Lane . 
Stepln Fetchtt 
Abdul Sender 
3 Cran'dyls . 
Dolores La Mont 
Kay & Kay 
Dewey Moon 



MIAMI 



Beachcomber 

Xavler Cugat Ore 
Mlguellto Valdez 
Carlyle BlacUwell • 
Chavez Oro' 
Tropical Dane 

Corrouael 

Ina Ray Hutton Or 
Velerb Sis Ore 
Sammy Walsh 
Harry Stevens 
Nancy Hunt. 
Patty Ortell 
Stuart Foster 

""' Club Ball 
Tommy ; Nunez. Ojrc 
Peggy Fears 
Olivette & Murray - 
Merle &' Gaylbr 
Alfredo Seville 
Ball-ett.es (12) 

Club Require 

Wo.rthy Hills pre 
Hernandez Ore 
Cross & Dunn 
Terry Lawlor . 
De Ang'elo & Porter 
Howard Brboli* 
EsqUlretteS (8) 

Club Te Pee 

Myles Bell Ore 
Wanda Lee: 
Armond 4 Juliana . 
Colonial Inn' '. 

Paul Whlteman Ore 
Harry Riohmnn 
Sophie Tucker. " 
Joe E Lewis 
Chandra-Kaly Dane 
Marianne : ; 
Ann Sutherland . 
Armando Oro '■'.-'■ 

■ .Cuban; Cadno 
Eva. Ortega 
Harrle.tte Hen'nlng 
Nnn Blakatone . , 
Tropic Beauties .. 

:- Don . tanning's 

Doris Sherrill ' • 
Roberta Sherwood '■' 
Jlmmle Hodges. 
Marie Lewis 

El Chlco 

Ralph 1 . Cook: 
Marllyn-.Fo3.ter : ' ' ' . 
Glnrla liUcane 
Lytell Dane • 
live O'clock Club 
Pancho Ore 
La I'laya Dane . 
Hotel. Deihnsey- - 
. Vanderbllt -. 
(Pago Togo Room) 
Bobby -Parks Ore ■ 
Vincent Bragal* Or 
Terry Lawlor , 
Leon Sc Mac* <> ' 



Carroll & Gormaii 
Walter Donoliue 

. Hotel Hollywood 
-Beach 
(Bamboo Room) 

Eddie Oliver Ore 
Milton Douglas - . 
Sara Ann McCabe 

Hotel Miami 
Blltmore - 
(Ulralda Room) 

M Bergere Qro' 
Rodney McLennan 
Columbus & Carroll 
Marlssa. 

Hotel Roney 'Plaza 
(Vlennene Room) . 

Emery Deutsch Ore 
J aye Martin 
Jean Travers - 
Georges & Jalna! . 
Victor Rodriguez . 
. Hotel Shelborne 

(Mayan' Boom) . 
Phet. Brownagle Ore 
K Miller Dane 

Hoter Vf nallle* 
(Gulf Boom) 
Chaa Murray. Oro 

Jeff's '• 
Jerf y Delmar "Oro . 
■Marty Bonn -. 
Nancy Lee . 
Merle Burke - ' .. 
Mldgle Fellow* 
Murphy Sis 

' Jlmmle's 

Budd Sawyer'* Ore 
Ohio Kennedy. 
Ravelle &. Jeanette 
Billy: Young • 
Rae Jayne 
Wayne Sc Marltn " 
Dorothy Eden •: 

Kitty Davis 
Johnny Silver' 
Billy . Vine . . 
.Conga- .pa'iip \ 
- . 'Latin Quarter 
Joe Candullo Ore 
Lollta Cordoba Ore 
Emll Boreb 
Grlsha & Brona , ' 
Henri Therrleh ■ 
Lela Moore 
Frank Mazzone : 
Yvonne. BoUvler 
Clarissa 

■ • . May fair Club ' , ..... 
Matty's Rhythm Cb 
Leonardo Ore • 
Benny Dayl* '■' 

Nnt Club : 
Tubby Rive* 
Lew Mercur : ' 
Musical Maniacs 

' Paddock Club . 
Leon' Prima Ore ' 
Frante* Fayo' 



Rogers & Morris 
Ga'ye DiJton ■ 
Manhattanettes 

. : Bhamba Casino 
Alex Batkln Ore ' ■ 
Fantasias Rhumb'* 
Desl Arnaz 
Martasa 

Rbslta Rio* . ■ - 
.Raul ft Eva Reyes 

Royal Palm Club 

Abe Lyman pro ' 
Oscar .Rosa Pro':- 
Paul Haakon 
Jansley*- 
Mllton Berle 
Royal' Guards. 
Alexis .Rotoy. . • • 
Rose Blaine 

Singapore Sadie'* 

Dixieland Bd 
Johnny pineapple O 
Bob Berry 
Denliiv 



. BUpsy Blaxle'* 

Babe Russfn Pre 
Maxle Rosehbloont - 
Joe Frisco ' 
Cully Richards ' 
Sammy Lewi* 
Patty Moore-.'--. 
Carolyn Mai-sir 
M Garrlston 

:;.The Drurrt ., . 
Val Olman Ore 
John . Buckmast'e'r - 
Stuart &. Lee 
Diana- Courtney . 

• • Villa Venice 

Harry Rogers Oro 
Moore & Revel 

>Vlt'* End 

Tony Car|ona Oro -. 

Jbs'e Tomus. Prc 

Lenny Kent 

Kenlse 

Rae Marsh - 

Rita Renaud 

Sharon I.ynne Dana 



BOSTON 



'Beach Co mber 
Nye Mayhew Oro : 
Don .OstroW' Orc 
12deu Twins 
Copacabana Gls ' .' 
George Escudeio 
Dorn ft.Ybssez 

Bllnstrub's 

Karl. Itohde Oro ' 
Rex Grayson : 
.'4-X'rleya 

Bobby. Joyce & G 

- Cana Mananli 

Lou- Ca,rter Ore ' 
Lee. Steele .. 
David Ballentlne 
Mai-cla Rice ' 

Club Mayfalr. . 

Ranriy Weeks Ore 
Bernle Bennett Ore 
Mills, King. & Ray 
Cookie Faye.- .:,,.. 
Do Mcranvllles 1 
Ypla Qall| . 
Ge'/rge Xlbby Rev •' 

• Cocoanut Grove -. 

Mickey -Alpert Ore 
Don - Rico Ore ' . 
Goodrich . Sc. Nelson 
Paulens 
Ethel Lynn 
Allen Twins ■ 
George . Rand. Rev 
Billy Paine 
Nancy- Gny 

(Melody Ixtnnge) . 

RHa' Couglilfn : 

Crawford House 

Ray Collins. Ore. 
Sally Keith 

Ill-Hat 

Pete Herman Ore 
Hotel Bradford 
(Circus Room) 
Ruth Wallls 

Hotel Brunswick ■ 
(Bermuda Terrace) 
Ella Fitzgerald Ore 
Babe Wallace 
Hotel - Copier Plow 

(Sheraton Room). 
Stuart Frazler Ore - 
Hotel Essex . 
Lou Gordon Ore 
Billy Kelly 



Sheperd Sis 
Mary MacMaster .'• 
• Hotel Somerwt .'. - 
. (Ballnese Room) . 

Harry Marsha rd ' 
Johnny Tunnbull 
Lenny Welsh 

Hotel Stutler 
; (Terrace Room) . 

Vaughn Monroe Pro 
Marilyn Duke.' " 
Zlggy Talent..' - '•. 
Joe Carney 
Bobby Nichols 

Hofel Westminster 
(Blue. Boom) 

jimmy McHale Oro 
Tropical Seren'd's O 
Adrian P'Brlenv 
■Paul Regan ' 
Harry -Drake Rev 
Margie . Ford- ■•■ 
Marlon & H.Lynn 
I^tTn Quarter 

Don Dudley Oro 
Tony Bruno Ore \ 
Harry Spear . . 
Clymas 
Koaloft Dane 
Janet; Carroll.! ■ 
EVelyn Fahrriey 
4 Sydneys' ' . .. 
Radio Iterb Lewis 

Steuben'* 
(Vienna Room) 

Lew - Conrad Ore . . ' 
Prince & P Selaridla . 
Nora &. Jimmy- Bell- 
Bobby Whallrig- Co 
Doris Abbott 

The Cave . 

Mark.. Gilbert Or.0 
Jack Fisher 
Tamara Doi-lva 
Doris Abbott . 
Carlos & Dorla 

.'Mo T<k 
Ernie Belt Oro 
Ben Ford Rev 

.-Tretnont Plaza '■ 
Ben -Pullo. Ore 
Versallle* 

Geo MacVarlane Or - 
Buster & B Burnell . 
Joe Kirk . 
Chappell & Harmon 
Johnny Andrews 



Mgrs. Guild Pact 



Continued from page 57 

the. Guild. Latter states that re^- 
quirement will not . embarrass the 
producers, . nor work a - hardship - oh : 
the alien writers. They .' point ' out 
that when an American play is pre- 
sented abroad the author is required 
to join the writers guild in such 
countries. . " 

Present agreement stipulates that 
if a manager becomes bankrupt, his 
rights to plays shall revert to the 
author. . In a draft . of the revised 
agreement, that provision was made 
to read that the rights also revert in 
the event of the manager's death. 
Showmen . Immediately objected to, 
that .insertion, on the grounds that it 
was : ndt , equitable.'' . Guild leaders . 
conceded the point and the word 
'dies* will .be deleted. . They claimed 
they were not aware that the death 
inclusion, had crept into the clause. 

Guild is seeking three. new regular 
tions; regarding jrtusical .shows. . , One. 
is that a copy of the complete score 
shall be turned over to the authors' 
association within six months of the- 
opening date. Since the cost of or- 
chestrations amounts to several thou- 
sand dollars or more, the" managers 
feel that they should be compensated 
by . the' Guild, Authors regard that. \ 
idea as .reasonable, but no fixed 
amount has been decided upon. 

Another provision calls ior the: 
tablishment, of a minimum . percent- . 
age for the. writers and ^composers 
of musicals. Guild sets the mark at 
2%. for composers, : 2% for book 
writers and 1% for lyricists. As 6% . 
of the gross is the usual compensa- 
tion- to sucft writers, 1% is ieftto.be 
arranged for. .. Third rie.w rule- pro- 
vides that if single numbers from a 
musical are disposed of, a percentage 
of the purchase money shall be di- 
yided among all the show's writers. , 



Cole Porter mentioned to do the 
score and lyrics for 'Not Tonight. 
Josephine,' for which Bert Lahr ahd 
Martha Raye are cast probabilities. . 



Wednesday* February 5, 1941 



4,3 



LEGAL NOTICE 

OTICB OF SALE.— Supreme qourt of 



'thVltftte of New York, County , oi 
th York-Henry C. Burnstlne. etc.. 



N 

'■ p0 p1,V^nnt 16 order of the Supreme 
^irt County of. New. York, data* £«>■-.- 
CoU rV7^i04l the underelgned will re. 
* ry .f uave of the Court at apeclal .Term 
i- of the Supreme Court; New Yiirk 
?Sunty -«t the- County Court Houpe. «t : 
■•'»«h ' nnd Centre Street*, Borough of 
tt£n CltJ of New York, on the 

■? Yii* forenoon of that day. to. eell at 
^^,Sd™»M »• the hlghe.t bidder 
*' V T r.* offers are aubroltted • w or 

■KforV »ald date better, than the offer of 
rkI GcUt heretofore .ubmltted . to : the 

■ He&lver-Vatll to .aid Wta Oel.t the 
^tioiinK described property: . , . \. 

Al the rights . title and yiterfeet . jj)f 

■ :«£rV^amore v as ; Receiver^ of Ptay>«n<J 
ttSfiUnK Corporajrpn. appointed : bjr Inter ; 
fn?utory -decree entered In the Office of: 

of. New York jCounty on pot.o- 
1040. In the above entitled, ac-. 
'•'tlon 'ln *nd to the property- of Elayland 
MoUllrtB Corporation - of every '.kind, ,,0-/ 
"me an<1 4wrlptlon and wheresoever 
•KuMe Including , ft I ,th« real,; estate, 
■■•more pnrtlcularly described, an followa: , . 
••"••ATA -that certain, plot, Piece or parcel, 
of lanil -together- with the buildings and 

■ linprovemeilis. novt- located. thereon or 
which --may hereafter be erected thereon. 

"■innate. : lying »nd being at Bocka way 
Bench Fifth Ward, Borough and County 
frQuecnH. O'lfy. 'an.l. (Mate, of . New York, 

. >obundrd »n<V iescrjl.ed.a«,follpwa; : ■ ■ 
. "nEfn-NNING at the corner formed: by 
the In teract ion of - the Southerly ; siiie. of. 
kocka'way- Beach Boulevard, fbnneily 
known as C-entrin I .Boulevard with the 

: tftsUitv .-.aide of Beach 98th Street... -for: 
nierlv. known as Ward Avenue; . runnlnn 
thence Easterly and along said Soutli- 
•rly side of Boolcaway Beach Bnulevrmr, 
» distance of 148.79. feet more or Jess 
'to a point therein distant 62.2S feet. 
\VeBtcrlv' from- the eo'rner-formea-hy-tll*. 
Jnteisei'tlon of the'sald Southerly »rae of 
RodtriwaV Beach Boulevard > with the 
Westerly side : of ' Beach ' 97th £treet. 

■ fofinerlv. '.known, n-n ■ Tompson AveiiiU'., 
thence Southerly, .'and on a line parallel 
With aa Id -.Westerly side of . Beach. '97 Hi 

■ Street, a distance of 118.50 feet: (h.e'ncn 
"'■'' Eristcrly nrirt on -a-'llna'at. right angles to 1 

said Westerly side of "Beach ■ •97t-lw,Stre?:f. 
' a dlst'anco of . 5'.', feet ■ to the /Westerly 
. aide thereof i tlience *Wt»t1verly and alon« 






ON 




•'..•'.''." '-. Detroit, Feb.. 4. .- 
.. County: lairs ire ; coming into- lit 
bright new era . was the concensus of 
opinion here at trie annual conven- : 
tion of the; Michigan Association of 
Fairs by such . varied seers, as .John 
Reid/ owner of.the Hap'pyland Shows;' 
William \J. -Carheroh,- of the' Ford 
Motor Co.. and Frank Duffteid, of 
the TheaflerPuffield Fireworks .Co. 

Duf field, who discussed the World 
Fairs, pointed out"- that there defi- 
nitely is a strata of the public, ad- 
dicted to attending fairs. Pointing 
out. that the basis of all fairs lay in 
the county fairs, he suggested that 
they modernize to take advantage of 
a prospective audience put Into: an 
expqi.mqpd by\the' hatipnalf airs: . He 
pointed out that industry T^eneral 
Motors kicking in $12,000,000 for the 
World's Fair, etc.— had wised up to 
the advantages in this .form of adver^ 
tising,,.Was .putting shows on the road 
and. that .the sffiall- fairs could expect 
benefits fto'rn".i'ndustry;-'-'-.'.-:-''-'.'-' ; '' 

This latter portion cued right • in 
with some, statements, /added by; 
Cameron , ■•■■: speaking .. for ■ '■ Industry. 
■Saying; that the defense program 
meant the termination of such things 
as. the- New- York Auto Show, he 



■hid Westerly Hide of Beach 07th Sli est. ' f • A : . ■ 4 v * Tii " j "z 

; r. disioflre of -.4.flc.r.a-.foct more: ;or ; i.?* f-P,o*nted...pUt. that industry could 



■': to -a -point In. the Northerly -line :ot' prop- 
' trty'-nenulred -by- the. City of New Yni'lt-.. 

for Public' raTk, Purposes.' as acc/ulred- In 
• this -Section, under Vesting bf'.May '.lf-., 
' '1938: thence Westerly and- along tinld 
.- Northerly : llne.'or. property acquired. I»y 
the City of New York, for Public. Park 
purnpnes. n distance of 2no feet to t.hc 
■Easterly sldo of Beach 98th' Slrei't: 
' thence 'Nor'tlierly and .' along -..aald-. Enst- 
erly side of- Tieach' 98th. .. Street. 'W. dis- 
tance of B80.01 foet .more . or' 'less lo t he 
Southerly .side of B.bckaway;, lleooh. 
Boulevard,- formerly known ■ an Central . 
. Avenue, • the. point 'or place of beginning'. 
•TOGETHEU with all . right; . title and ' 
Interest of the mortgagor; of.' In nncV t" 
. ■ the lands, lying' In (ha bed of any >Ire»-t 
-or avenue. .Upon- which said property 
fronts, to the center llnea thereof." ■ ■'. 
and all buildings and - Improvements 
erected, and situate thereon or. a'ppur- 
ten'snt thereto, subject to any state, of 
'nets an nccurhlc • survey ' would sliow 
and. , subject..-' to- .easements, restrictive. 
" covenants and agreements of- record. If . 
■any, to encroachments and , Projections 
and to. any violations pending :br .which 
may subsequently' be Imposed ■ apalnst 
the premises up to the dute of "Hale, by' 
shy gbvernriientnl or.' m-unlclpni- authoi--' 
Ity, nnd all other property and assets, ; 
tangible nnd Intn.riglb'le to whleh the.'He'-' 
reiver hns title tit the.. time of passing of 
title, herein-, except cash -on hand or In 
hank belonging' to the Receiver at the. 
time of passing, of title hereunder,-, onil 
spy recoveries.' which may be effected In 
. bpfinlf of Playland-. Holding Cornoratlon 
In the ahoyn entitled action* The fol- 
lowing. Is ii illnrrrhm of the real properly 
to be sold : 

BEACH 08Tn STREET 



still take advantage of; the county 
fairs.; R'eid saw wider employment 
than ..ever for the shows and con 

.cessions/ : '• ' " ' .'■■..■■- 



ALCESTE 



chorus and its master, Fausto tJleva, 
for its work both. solo and in enr 
semble, while the scenery arid cos- 
tumes by Richard Rychtarik were 
well within, .the scope of the tragedy 
and pictorially as fine as anything 
In recent years at the Met: The 
same jjraiseicannot, be afforded Her-: 
bert Graff, who failed to modernize 
the staging and bring ,it within the 
realm of possibility. 
■ Much of the music resembled other 
Cluck works, especially a part of 
Act III, wheie the 'J'ai perdu Mon 
Eundice* .from 'Orfeb' was lifted^ 
bodily and inserted. ■ Adtiiallyi the 
opera ends ; with - the- first, scene ., of 
Act III- and: the: inclusion of- the last 
scene dragged' the : performance to. 
an ...interminable -"end. •. - " ■'•'../ 
; Bad weather cut ,the attendance -to 
a minimum. . ••' - •■.'. ■ .'• ; ' 



KNOCKS OUT BURMAN 







BEACH n7Til^tRKET\ 



(Continued.from page 60) : 

may how. be put to rest for another 
165 years. It's that hackneyed, arid 
uninteresting; .'. 

The opera arid performance as 
given ' Friday : contained some merit, 
but the lack of a dramatic, punch Or 
climax in these hectic times is suffi- 
cient to render -Alceste' cdmpletely 
ineffectual for modern audiences. . 

The opera deals with a dying king, 
whose adoring wife, in order to save 
him, agrees to sacrifice herself in his 
stead if his life be. ispared. The gods 
agree, but when . she descends to 
Hades, her husband follows -and 
challenges the gods to separate so 
great a love: Apollo, taking pity on 
the mortals, lets them, both return to 
.earth.'-.'. 

. 'Alceste' itself abounds In the 
flowing classical melodies of the 18th 
century, with scattered ; . arias arid 
great choruses throughout. The in-' 
terludes between' these are so great, 
howeiver." that the listener becomes 
bored watching the proceedings, 
mostly so when the classical dancing 
by the; Met .ballet, which took up a 
I major Dortiori,- was so poorly done, 
j The ballet is an intrinsic' part of the 
{score, but witnessing the whirling 
i dervishes that dance fairy-like failed 
i to pfoduce the enthusiasm suggested 
«n ; by the book. 

The- opera was planned as a ve- 
hicle, for the first American appear 



The flforenii'iUionfl'd property Is 
aihusement piirk. kh'n'wn as "Tlock:i ways' 

■'Playland.". locnted .ut Beach 07th mid „ ^ w „. i ».„ wl » v .„,. „„„^.„. 

New Yo?k lh * iT * ti *' . pocltaw * y neic, h : l ance .of the great French dramatic 
' The sale sbnii be upon tii'e foiiawing sop:rano, Germaihe ". Lubin, Whose 
tenns: i 'Alceste' is a tradition abroad. The 

(a) No bid ahall be received unless ac- sm g er failing to Secure a passport, 
companled by a deposit With the llecclver Aperitif prf tlin tranVfpr nf thA title 
«f the sum of $5,ooo, in cash or ce. iin.-d - necessitatea tne transrer .or tne-,uue 
check. ; , role to the Australian soprano. Mar- 

lb) The. ^successful bidder shall inake . jorie\.Lawrence. Careful study and 



. »n additional. \ deposit Immediately upon 
the- closing of -the bidding, In lin amount 
sufficient to. make • the total deposit by 
snld .bidder at' least '20% of the iimouiu 
of the successful bid.' - All other' deposits 
• received by' the -Becelvcr shall he fotiili- 
wltb .roLnrned to the- unsuccessful bidders 
who shall, have made-such' deposits., 
(c). The balance shall* be. paid. In cash 



obvious hard work marked Miss 
Lawrence's efforts, but vocally arid 
dramatically she. failed to go over. 
Her,. most familiar aria, 'Divinites du 
Styx,' ending Act One, was a disap- 
pointment, for her vocal equipment 
was insufficient, tor enable her to cope 
6r certified check at fhe time, of the I with the. two-octave. range demanded 
closing . Kf the title to take place - thirty ! by the score. Top tones : were stri- 
'•"'•'•fej 1 ";^? ■*}*?• °J ■v u ^ 1 , "'^."Lvvt ! dent, especially- bn the high B flats,- 

fcejv^ 



Mnnh'alt'tih; New York City. . .. 

Offers ' may be submitted to. (he: Be- 
. eel.ver at the offices . of hla" attorneys 
prior: to February 10th. 1941. 

There has been deposited with', the Re 



soprano's acting was forced -arid 
stagey.;:: 1 '.. • ,' ■:. 

Rerie Maison brought an :autheritic 
style to his part;; but much of the 



celver ihe aforementioned offer of*BI*a , music lies too high, for him, and.con- 
- ■ • tinual forcing did not aid the ears 

of the listeners, for ;the tenor's voice 
by quality is not pleasant at best. 

• fiie ■ biiance :sheet'"or piaytand" HoTdlng j His style ot dress, would have been. 

• Corporation 'as of December .-,siat, 1940 1 more appropriate. . to the dissolute 
•nd; sAld' offen accoiin.tant'a report ari<1 '-Nfero than to a supposedly, young 
.^r.^ ^eet.LWlU be available for- In- g n<J . a j„ U hmbdishly . sto.Utish 



■ Gelst and a copy of the aiihual report of 
the accountant for Playland Holding:. 
Corporation, covering the fiscal year endr- 
mg September 30th, 1940 -and a copy of 



. spectlon. by all. Interested Parlies at. J he. 
". .' 0 ft' c .*'" of the rtecclVer's attorneys during. 
: - a'l reasonahle hours of the day up. to the 

; time, of such sale: 
n ■ rea ' Property of PInylBrid Holding 

: ' B? rp ,° rat,on ' *»"0- known • as' "Rock n wiry s - 



one at that. 

"Xeonard Warren, as the ..high 
priest, bellowed his part, capably, 
but he, too, unnecessarily forced his- 



'» K uaimn , aiAO KnOWn-K* ."ROCKIlWffys . Jix_*l,( «^,.,ai-fi.l ,, n M nic'f iU a 

. Wayiftnoy. located at Beach -97th .arid sufficiently powerful voice, past the 
98th streets, Rockawiiy /Beach* New' -. requirements of his part. . -The bal- 
Tork, win be open for inspection by sit ' since : of the cast sang -adequately 
***'? rt,w -' , !^*T : < h e J'°^ rs "'.' l enough,, with, special emphasis to the 
". 0 - 0 "< except Sunday, and t work B 0 £ ATessio 'De Paolis, whose 



;Holidays; :for 



—■/•i—.'"' the ^period .commencing . • ■■■ . . t ■. . u . ■ u 

with t ne date of the publication or rbe I Evander was a. nifty to the ear and 
wat aAyertls^mirnt' of 'this ''M^.'wnd >ndr-'.'t.ne'°eyie'. '•••• 

^i , , h . rt .«y. : preceding the date of The orchestral portion of the score 

' was not- quite' realized by- the ' musi-. 



..-the sale. .. .Such Inspection may - be '■ bad 
»y nppllcntlon nt the offices of said: Cor- 
. . ortadon. ig7 Beach. 07th Street, Bork- 
b V .1 j ' .? eft ch. New York, Telephone No- 
: flelle Harbor IM230. ~ '. . 

. Paled;. New York. January 17. 1941, ■ 
. HARRY ZAMORE. ; 
■' ' .-U'L 1 ' '.. '•• ' '■ ■ Deceiver... 
. SEUGSBERO * T,EWIB. : : 
m»i attorneys (or Receiver, .... 

Office *-P. . O. Address, 29 Broadway, . uit . 

- Borough of- Manhattan, '.flty nf n>S..Ciass. : - -.- .'.,.. -. v :'/.-■ 
h New York! . ; <>>-i«.- v -.Much- praise must be given .the 



ciaris. in the pit, despite energetic 
batoning, by. Ettore;.Panlzza, whose 
conducting was one of the standouts 
of the production.- Everything that 
could be secured frorn the dated 
music was gained by the •: Italian, 
whose work, ranks him at the top of 



By JACK PULASKI. ; 

:'■ Fact that- Red Burman of Baltimore 
was able to stay until the fatal .fifth 
rourid- with Joe Louis : at l^adispn 
Square Garden last Friday- (3i) cre- 
ated a difference, of opinion among 
the sporting gentry as to whether the 
champion; is. slipping. Some insist 
that, the great -BroWh Bprriber from . 
Detroit is, rio't'a.s lethal as he was, but 
calmer observers say ,it isn't so. " '. : : 
. .-liOUis' 13th defense: of . his title was 
generally conceded, to be a. foregone 
icoriclusion," .arid : all • the) , shouting, 
seems rhbre' of ; a' s.tearri-up than is. 
logical^ ' It is true tbat Louiis .had a. 
cut.on his right eyelid. He says that . 
Red's head did that ; Burmah waded 
in as directed, ; but that.he reaUy hurt 
Louis was not evident : .- 
; vDrily those cjose i to the ring really 
saw the knockout punch— a right up-' 
percut under the ' heart; Burmiiri 
s'agjged . over the lowest • ring rope* 
inert.' during and -after . the count 
was cornpleted. The- cbarhp says it 
was the hardest blbw he has : ever 
delivered,, but forgot the evening 
when he stowed away Max Schmel-. 
ing in their second . encounter. The 
kayo' blow - that felled. Burrnari ' : did 
not travel more than six Inches, 
which Is why many present didn't 
see it land, especially those who 
happened to be seated where they 
could see only the Baltimorean's 
back'.. ..' .'■ 

. : Betting bdds ; were 10 to 1 that Bur- 
man would be licked, , and . in the 
lobby experts said /that Red had only 
a 20 to 1 chance, . Little coin , was 
wagered on the outcome. Most bets 
were that Louis would .take care of 
his opponent, by the fifth round. 
Champ;; apparently sensed that the 
■chips were, down on-: that ^result,' for 
he-went to work more, savagely than 
in the earlier sessions. Red' was 
counted out with 11 seconds more tp 
go before the bell. 

Armstrong: Honored 

Attendance was quite good; but not 
capacity, as when ;. "-.Fri'tzje".- Zivic 
stopped Henry Armstrong two' weeks 
previously. The top Was $11.50 for 
both title events-, the promoter. Mike 
Jacobs, being finally; convinced that 
higher, prices were not feasible. 
Gross was nearly $63;000. Armstrong 
was called to. the ring during the 
evening and presented with a medal, 
emblematic of the little colored lad's, 
former prowess of holding the feath- 
er, lightweight and • welterweight 
titles at the same time. He has-no. 
plans for further ring appearances. 

Indicative of How fight fans have a 
difference . of opinion, came in. the 
third rourid; when Louis' body - was 
beiit over, the second ropej his hands 
touching the apron outside- Ihe ring.. 
Some who know fighters arid fights 
thank that the champ, got that way 
from' .a punch. Actually he . was 
shoved, off balance' and; slipped in 
Burmari|s sloppy corner. ..- Bprriber 
has other matches which are . ; cg[rded 
as champioriship contests, but are 
rated pushovers. . ■';' 

The question of Louis' present fistic 
■ power ,1s believed, to be. advance 
i ballyhoo for bis match with . Billy 
! Conn /next •'■summer: A There are some 
J who:, figure that the • light-heavy- 

• weight frorri Pittsburgh will Qutpbint 
j .Louis,' but others ..are .of the. opinion 
I thiat n& fighter .in sight-Can. stand /off 
! so;hard a iiitter.. unless- he'h'as. an. off 

• night. Lpuis bit Burman around the 
: hc*ad, but, urtable.tp:drpp'Red,.decid- 

| ed that the guy -had a "concrete iiorik; : 
. He changed his. attack tp . the body, 
' and that; was :the- end of the con^ 
; tender; who;^ ; .thinks.- he. did all right: 
; for himself. Jack Dempsey has been. 
| grooming Burman for some tiitte. but 
' he was: not in the man's ; corner, sit- 
j ting near by arid giving advice to 

Red's handlers. ' : 

Billy Soose and Ernie Vigh/head 

Friday's (?) card, One .that loks okay 

oiv piipcr. " '•: '/ :.' 



. Badio'a Failure to Train 

: : New York. : 

Editor, Variety: • 
. The recent controversy between 
actors who want to crash, radio and 
the radio thai keeps saying it wants 
he w voices, - but won't have them 
when it can get therri, has interested 
me for .some , tirne now, since Jan. 
8 to be exact, when Hobe Morrisoti 
had a little piece on 'Radio .Monop- 
oly' ' Variety. . : ;■.'-'''' •■ : : : 

There. , . two., ways, ne . pointed 
out, of getting into radio, be a stage 
or film success, or,, be^ related to a 
sponsor.' ■ : ■'.■■;': .'>';.- 
. Then, pn Jan.. 15, Joseph Julian, V 
{or,, spoke his. mine! on acting for ra-. : 
dio, which, we. gathered, serves only 
to .fill up the time between soap . com- 
mercials. .. And again on Jan. 22V the 
agency directors arid 'Mothers 'coiiri^ 
tered |n VAkiET>Vwi.th^ 
enced talent, etc;, :etc;' 

All apparently.; ni issed an; i m portant 
pbint I r d like to make. , .- ■ '■ 

. Radio, a step-child so far as the- 
atre is cpnceVried, but the pampered 
offspring of commercial advertising^ 
has never had a proving grourid for 
talent. . Radio borrows from the- le- 
gitimate stage, films, the night clubs, 
the concert stage, vaudeville.- In fact, 
■it took oyer what remained of vaude- : 
ville, bag arid baggage. ' 

Radio' does not take the tirne to 
develpp its own taleht. Time flies 
airid; it is. . valuable, Spriie mariufacr 
•turer. or somebody must pay for it; 
And '.if sornebody payslfor the talent, 
that uses ; up that time,: the : Jalent 
must have ^already proved itself cap- 
able: of drawing and' holding the. at- 
tention ", Of ; vast numbers: of : people.-. 
' So, a lot of young people .who pps-. 
sibly . shbw every promise of being 
radio assets, biat haven't proved it 
because they haven't theu»chance and 
probably won't/get it in nine cases 
out.o.f 10, tell their stories to secre- 
taries in advertising agencies or just 
sit. admiring the decor modernC of 
the agency-' office, . ; The gbvernriient 
can -have its red tape, but radio is 
darned if it doesn't have Its "bottle- 
neck. ■■ 

The theatre - has always had its 
own training grounds . for talent. 
There was the road, stock, vauder 
ville, community and little theatres, 
and even Chautauqua. Films from 
the very beginning developed its 
own talerit. But .radio has got by 
with borrowing its talent, until there 
is every possibility that the. satura- 
tion point will be reached. . Radio 
has trained, no new comedians— thus 
the number of good radio comedians 
can be counted 6n the fingers of one 
hand with a finger or so missing.; It 
has brought forth no' great actor or 
actress, created no outstanding dra- 
i matic radio personality. 

Time will coriiei and I have little 
doubt of it, when every advertising, 
will see the need of having, its own 
repertory company, of taking an ac- 
tive interest in the creation and the 
development, of important radib. tal- 
ent, . : r 

. Until then ail the nice, new, lovely, 
fresh;, young, voices we' all- .'hear '■'■■far. 
mbred about, .but never get. the 
chance to listen to over the airlanes, 
will just call out in the wilderness pf 
metropolitan agencies' . outer saric- 
•tums. 

Alfred Dixonl. 



intensely interested^either in the' 
program or the .10 bucks, don't ask 
me which — arid who -were really , irir 
telligerit in thieir criticisms^ The dis-- 
trict served by KOAM, in case ypu 
don't know, is a mining district lying 
at the . junctions of Kansas, Oklar 
homa, Arkansas and Missouri. I still' ;' 
haVe. -many - of these .letters in proof ;, 
of the fact that this, real sneak: pre- 
view took -place.'. -:; •'<'.'- .": .'.'.''. 

However, I'd like- to make ' clear 
that 1 ■ don't think Carrbli CarfoH 
knew anything about it, an<i : ^reaily. 
thought he had given birth p. a bi'arid ; 
new idea. Carroll is still iny idea 
of- a ,gobd radio WriterT^-arid cphiing ■ 
frpnfi another writer, that -i? . '-.com.- , 
piimeriti if you know anything about; , 
professional jealousy. But I also like . 
to h^rig onto any credit . I might hay'e 
coming. There is hp cash;- by the 
way , because the idea: was riot copy- 
righted. I might also, mention that 
I've written to ;Mr. Reber of -J; "'.Vfafc 
ter THompspri, just to keep the rec- 
ord straight. 

'. : Just thought , yb^i'd like to* know/ 
that's' all.- - ',•..: :/' : ■; .;':'■. 

Cecil F> Holiiian; • . 
Russell Comer Productions: 



.. Prosperity Note . 

Editor, Variety: . ;' "■'" ' 

■■■■■ Roanoke, Va. 
Jearietfe MacDonald broke all; rec- 
ords for .Rpanoke in a recital at the. : 
Roanoke Auditorium last Saturday 
(Jan. 25). Under the sponsorship of 
Robert C. (Bpb) Royer,: one of the 
best known theatre managers in the 
Soutb, SRO was at a premium, 3,296 
entering the doors to hear . and cheer 
the charrriing star.;. :.•.':;■ 
. The: Defense Prbgfairri is pouring 
millions of dollars into; this section of 
the State, and the population is huri- 
gj-y for Ypad attractions- and.' amuse- 
rnenf of tie; high .order. 

- Fee Balthis,. 
.■Treasurer.- 
(Academy of Music.) 



Put to Bout 



CleVelarid. . 

Editor, Variety; 

The WGAR staff is permitting it- : 
self an elated smirk at; Variety fol- 
lowing, the news that WGAR man^ 
ager John F. Patt.has beeri chosen 
as one. of the 10 best-dressed .men. 
of Cleveland.' WGAR has never 
forgotten that Variety; bestowed en- 
comiums .on Vernon Fribble of 
WTAM for his sartorial splendor. 

John Patt's choice by the Ohio Re- 
tail Clothiers , and Furnishers. Assn., 
arid the. Men's Apparel Club of Ohio 
serves to suggest that. Variety's edi- 
tors will do better to stick to the, 
editing of a fine publication, and let 
qualified, judges make the proper se- 
lections in the field of male elegance. 

WGAR, its honor: satisfied by the 
distinction bestowed on. its head niari. 
forgives Variety, is willing to le. 
bygones be bygones. 

Maurice Condon. 



(Condon is, if - there's any doubt, 
1VG All's press agenty^Ed.). \ 



Previous Radio 'Sneak Preview' . 

. Kansas City, 
i Editor, Variety;. 

j Just' bought your issue of ;Tan..- 22, 
: arid promptly took -issue w i '.'• .state- 
• ment- in the radio iectjbri i:i;. aiding 
Uhe idea hatched'by .J; Walter .Thomp- 
son -Writer. Carrbli Carroll that would 
j take a new radio .'show, '.out in the 
! sticks' for a; sneak preview. ■','. 
j 'Way back last summer I dreamed 
I up. the -samfe m.ess of mental me- 
' andering.'with the result that a Show 
i I had just written,, working title pf 
'Torhmy . Gale of .the.;Bbx-T Ranch,' 
was sent to : Hollywood Where the 
first three episodes and a ' preview 
episode— one quarter-hour ■ period 
giving . flashes ; :pf ; scenes "from the 
I vvhbie storyT-were transcribed. These 
^ were take h -to r adl 6 . station . KOAM. 
; NBC . Outlet' in Pittsburg,; Kansas, 
j 'where ' they 'were shown; in exactly 
■the same, rnanner .as a screen: sneak. 
! preview>. In .other words, plenty of 
:■ spot ..announcements about a. new 
(program preview, but no hint as to 
', type 1 of : either production; or . -audir 
encer-just a fiat lanripuncerrierit pf the 
|:pre.view; s Then the four quarter- 
fhpur episbdes were run,, divided by 
; ;ahn.buricements .offering small cash 
! jjrizes ; for the; best letters: giving, 
^ opinions, bri the prbgram. Ifoi even: 
a word limit was; placed on the let- 
ters, and n'o strfrigs were attached. 
/ Strange' to relate, . although, the 
show was. -- prifriarily ' designed for 
jiivenileis, almo.tet alt of the. hundreds 
of .letters were from adtilUs who wtfrc, 



ASCAP Fight Aids Drama 

New York. 

Editor, Variety: 

The present ASCAP difficulty is 
resulting in quite a; boom for sup- 
pliers of rlraniatie .transcription pro- : 
grams. Several series of this, type, 
having no muiip recorded on them 
at all, are now being'readily sold to. 
.stations, in all parts of : the country. 
This 'is especially , triie . ' ; the" case 
of the-. i s'm>ll.er.''.''s i jbiUpri's.;':'.whq.'.hav'e'. 
limited Staffs'. avails checking, 
music. ' , '.'■■" ■: ... 

. Charles Michelson, 
■ Electrical Transcriptions; 



taxi Dancers 



Continued, from page 1; 



j rags. '; The 25 hostesses: are guaran- 
; teed a 50r50>split of the lQc per dance 
fee by the management, 

The: residents of Devil's : Elbow 
(pop. : 15) trying to cash .in . on 
their pppprtunity with sales of Ozark. 
squveriirsV. etc., because of the $250,- 
,000 weekly payroll, being dished, but 
by- the gpvernrn'ent. ; More, than .500 
draftees .already are in camp and a 
total of 34,00ft will round out "tlie 
quota for this training spot.; Deviri 
ElboW iS 163 miles from St. Lbuis; ; 



And In Detroit .'. ; 

- Detroit^ Fet>.v4. ; 
Taxi dancing is springing. : up - in 
the .-'.small: towns and cities adjacent 
to army camps. Battle Creek has 
just, installed its first; dime-a-darice. 
biz is sometimes a nickel for sbl- 
diers.. Providing ' lucrative takings 
j frorn' the recreation-seeking draftees' 
.,atv nearby .Camp Custer.- • 



64 



Wednesdaj, February 5, 1941 





January 29. 194 1 

EARLE, PHILLY 

The most enthusiastic crowds since the days when 
Jive fans almost tore down the doors to hear Benny 
Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, et al., are greeting the 
brand of hotcha being dished out at the Earle this 
week by Its zingy all-sepia show. From opening to 
closing the house has been jammed by the devotees 
of swing. And for the first time in a long spell there 
has been a rash of trucking in the aisles by the 
customers. v 

Chief reason the Joint is jumping is Erskine Haw- 
kins crew, which has achieved an aura of class it 
lacked during the days when it played at the Strand 
- Ballroom here. The rise in the band's popularity on 
the discs Is evidenced by the applause that greets 
the introduction of numbers. 

The cognoscenti seem to know just what to expect 
in advance. The band's two vocalists, Jimmy Mitch- 
ell and Ida James, got fine receptions when caught. 
Mitchell does an okay baritone job on 'Whispering 
Grass,' with Miss James' baby- voice vocalling net- 
ting her two encores. Her chirping is cllcko in 
'Argentina,' 'Something I Dreamed Last Night,' 'Let's . 
Do If and 'I Hear a Rhapsody.' 

Hawkins makes a good impression In fronting 
band. He gives his boys plenty of 'room to shin* 
without hogging the spot himself, a fault of many 
bandleaders. Best of the aggregation's bag-of -tunes 
Is its perpetual fave, 'Tuxedo Junction. Shal. 



THE 20th CENTURY GABRIEL 



ER/KINE H 






THE CREATOR OF "TUXEBO JUNCTION" 



PERSONAL MANAGEMENT GALE INC., 48 WEST 48th ST. N. Y 




RADIO 




STAGE 




Published Woakly at 15< West 46th Street, Now Tork, N. T., by Variety, Inc. Annual ■ubscrlptlon, $10. Single- copies 25 cents. 
Entered »• Second-clan matter December it, 1905, at the Post Office at New York, N. T., under the act of March I, 187*. 

COPYRIGHT, 1041, BIT VARIETY, INC. All. RIGHTS RESERVED. 



VOL.H41 NO. 10 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1941 



PRICE 25 CENTS 






Five-a-Day Rest Core 



Fred Allen, in a recent letter, puts a new light on the tough radio 
grind: 

'Wish Poli or Pantages would come back and open up those circuits 
for a couple of seasons. I am sure that if Benny, Hope and all of 
us had a good rest doing four and five daily in vaudeville for a year 
or so. we would all be better off. And people who listen to radios 
would be better off, too.' 



Show Business in Spain Decadent; 
Uncensored Lowdown on Country 



(The writer of the following, an 
American who's lived in Madrid, 
recently returned to the United 
States. Since he plans to go back 
to Spain his identity obviously 
must remain undisclosed in the 
light of his. disclosures and the 
■ strict censorial setup in Spain.) 



The picture industry in Spain is 
terrible. This belies considerable 
that has been written about the ex- 
pansion of. the film field there— stuff 
that has emerged under the search- 
ing gaze of totalitarian censorship. It 
applies, in fact, to all show biz in 
Spain. 

The chief, excuse for this situation 
la attributed to lack of capital and 
lack of equipment arid studios which 
money only can make possible. They 
have some studios that are' not bad 
at aU, but even if you threw in all 
the studios and equipment of Holly- 
wood, Spanish picts would be just as 
mediocre as they now are. 
. They lack film directors who know 
anything about the biz. Look at 
Italy. Next to Hollywood they have 
the best studios and equipment in 
(Continued on page 34) 



FDR Birthday Fetes 
Pushed Actors Around; 
TA to Seek a New Deal 



-Theatre Authority, fiforrt reports, 
will demand from Keith Morgan, 
national chairman of the President's 
Infantile Paralysis Fund, a: new 
deal for next year's Birthday. Balls 
and benefit performances. Up to now, 
TA has had to set deals with 'each 
Individual keycity committee, result- 
ing in chaotic organization, of actors' 
gratis performances, and what TA 
considers . ah insufficient share of 
the receipts for the actor charities. 

Regardless of what deal TA sets, 
actors are plenty burned up at what 
they, consider was a 'pushing around' 
given, them by politicians and Fund 
(Continued on page 38) 

BOOKING A SKY PHOT 

Detroit, Feb. 11. 
Republic Pictures' booker, Don I 
Glennie, has resigned to go on the 
road as manager for his wife. 

She. is a w.k. evangelist hereabouts 
. under the name of Donna Dalrymple. 



No Room for Doubt 



..CoTe Porter's 'Let's Be Bud- 
dies' tune out of 'Panama Hattie* 
is clicking in England, with the 
exception of a change in one line, 
originally phrased 'Let's keep up 
each other's morale.' 

The British authorities take It 
for granted everybody in the 
Empire doesn't have, to be re- 
minded about any morale-bol- 
stering, hence that line's been 
switched. 



WILL HAYS' NEW 




ALL SET 



New flye-yea"r contract for . Will 
rjays is scheduled to be approved at 
the next meeting of the Motion Pic- 
ture producers & Distributors di- 
rectorate. Directors' session may be 
delayed until Hays returns from the 
Coast. Before he left for Holly- 
wood,. Hays intimated he would be 
back in N. Y. before March 1 be- 
cause he plans to start working on 
his report to the annual meeting 
soon after Feb. 20. 

Pact Is reported as ready, having 
been drawn several weeks ago, only 
the inking now being needed. 

Vic Oliver-Sarah Churchill 
To Tour in Tennent Show 

London, Feb. 11.' 
H. M. Tennent, Ltd., has.readied a 
show for the road, to carry, radio 
comic Vic Oliver and his actress-wife, 
Sarah Churchill, daughter of . the 
Prime Minister. Under title, 'Plays 
and Music,' piece is a mixture of 
Noel Coward's one-acters, readings 
from Clemence Dane's episodes from 
life of Queen Elizabeth, and fooling 
by Oliver. Joyce Carey and Hugh 
French are featured in support. 
• Star pair have long been angling 
for a suitable show to waft them to 
a well-primed hinterland. 




11 BASIC RULES 



N. Y. Paramount'* Managing 
Director First Showman to 
Act On Necessity for Im- 
proved Stage Deportment 
-—Necessity Born of Mu- 
sician Greenness to Ros- 
trum Work and Younger 
Talent's Inability to Break 
in Properly 



SPREAD SEEN 



Greenness of musicians to stage 
work, plus the fact that younger 
talent today has no break-in time 
on which to sandpaper the rough 
edges, has become increasingly no- 
ticeable to theatre operators and 
managers. It has been admitted for 
some time that stage showmanship 
of recent times is of a very low 
calibre in comparison to vaudeville 
as it once was. First showman to 
take action to remedy the situation 
is "Robeit Weitman, managing di- 
rector of the Paramount, New York. 

Weitman, who with Harry Kal- 
cheim, Paramount booker, instituted 
the highly popular pit band policy, 
which has. since been followed by 
several other houses all over the 
country, has set down some basic 
rules of stage deportment which he 
insists all musicians, acts and spe- 
cialties must henceforth, follow when 
(Continued on page 46) 



Clifton Webb's Snub 
To Press Is 'What's 
Wrong With the Road'? 



Birmingham; Feb. 11. 

Clifton Webb's brushoff of report- 
ers on his arrival here for two-day 
showing last Week (3-4) of 'The Man 
Who Came to Dinner' set off news- 
paper fireworks. 

According to prominently placed 
stories iri the afternoon papers, Webb 
refused 'ail press interviews, declar- 
ing he wouldn't talk 'to Jesus Christ 
himself,' and was roundly roasted by 
the typewriter pounders as. well as 
his local sponsors. 

Francis Fnlkcnburgh. manager of 
the Temple theatre, said 'Webb's atti- 
tude is what is wrong with the road 
shqvv business.' 



Coin Machines Falling Off, Too; - 
Feel Lack of New ASCAP Songs 



Add : Public Apathy 



Maestros in the class spots 
. around New York have , noticed 
one thing since the ASCAP-radio 
imbroglio: that unless it's a chic 
crowd directly after a premiere 
of some new musical, the pa- 
trons aren't requesting tunes. 

At first this was quite a shock 
to the leaders who, too f re- 
. quently, are annoyed by over- 
done yesteryear or current faves 
—in which case the prop stal- 
leroo, is 'We're just making a 
new arrangement' — but latterly 
they became reconciled to the 
seeming public apathy in music 
matters generally. 



GEORGE JESSEL 
LECTURES AT 
HARVARD 



By HARRY PAUL 

Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 11. 
With three and one-half months 
of primary grade schooling to his 
credit, George Jessel, one of Amer- 
ica's greatest wits, addressed Har- 
vard College undergrads via their 
private radio network oh 'How to 
Become a Successful After-Dinner 
Speaker and Toastmaster in One 
Easy Lesson.' 

. 'I consider this a great honor,' 
jessel began, 'to appear here at 
Harvard, where you have . heard 
Eliot, Russell, Cabot. Lodge and Ann 
Corip.* 

Miss Corio was guest-speaker on 
this station six weeks ago. 

Jessel estimated he has spoken at 
over 500 dinners, but felt that the 
greatest toastmaster in thi? country 
(Continued on page 38) 



Banks a Comic Again 

Hollywood. Feb. 11. 

Monty. Banks, onetime film comic 
who turned producer 13 years ago. 
reverts to type for a part In 'Blood 
and Sand' at 20th-Fox; ; 

He has been identified with Brit- 
ish production since he gave up 
thesping. He is married, to Grade 
Fields, the English star. - 



Jolson, in Fla M Orders 
Suit Lamp From N. Y. 

Al Jolson, who went to Palm 
Beach last week just, after' 'Hold On 
to Your Hats' closed on Broadway*, 
was downed with a heavy cold after 
arriving in. the southern resort. In- 
clement weather has caused any 
number of similar illnesses in Florida 
this winter. Jolson ..phoned to- New 
York; ordering a sun-ray . lamp' be 
sent to him.. 

Star contracted grippe, in New 
York and: chest congestion, bordered 
upon pneumonia. 'Hats' layed off 
at the Shuber't, N. Y., for a week 
while Jolson was being treated, then 
resumed, when the star decided to 
end the engagement, A suit started by 
Georgie Hale, who had a 20% interest 
jn^H^tSjMs^cjiduTG^^^^^^^^^ 



Record sales for coin machines and 
retail distributers are beginning to 
decline after six weeks of 'nothing, 
new'. According to the distributors 
who cater to machine operators, the 
cause lies in the fact that since the* 
Jan. 1 break of. radio and the Ameri- 
can Society of Composers, Authors 
and Publishers, no fresh material 
strong enough to sell has been issued. 
And that goes for Broadcast Music 
Inc. melodies in particular. 

Since Jan. 1 BMI's hottest tunes 
have been 'Frenesi,' 'There. I Go,' 'I 
Hear a Rhapsody' and 'I Give You 
My Word'. At the moment there is not 
one tune comparable to these . on the 
BMi horizon— and the above named 
have already been worn threadbare 
by constant radio plugging. Result 
is that/sales have shown evidences of 
climbing aboard a toboggan. Ma- 
chine operators making weekly visits 
to. the distribution marts, are con- 
fronted each week with, the same 
tunes wrapped up in newer arrange- 
ments cut by additional .bands, but 
no new and fresh material except 
perhaps a modem arrangement of a 
standard favorite. 

The record companies can't help 
themselves. They have to confine 
themselves almost exclusively to 
BMI output in order to take advan- 
tage of the radio plugging. By now 
it's settled, beyond any possible doubt 
how much constant air plugging re- 
(Continued on page 38) 



Nitery Op Moans $5 
Per Brassiere Strip 
Will Pot Him Out of Biz 



Cleveland, Feb. 11. 

Nitery owners who hire large con- 
tingents of strippers, and expect 
them to go the limit, were hit where 
it hurts most by a new surprise 
clause in American Guild of Variety 
Artists contracts, 

Jerry Hathaway, proprietor of 
Regal Club, discovered it when he. 
noticed a peeler keeping a firm grip 
on her brassiere, all through her 
number on opening night. After the. 
show he stormed backstage to de- 
mand how come she didn't remove 
(Continued on page 4V) " 



Cohan's 40th Anni as Solo 
Star on Lincoln's Birthday 

. George M. Cohan's 40th anniver- 
sary of his solo stardom in the 
American theatre falls on Lincoln's 
Birthday (today) as it was Feb.. 12, 
1901, when he. made his bow at the 
old Savoy theatre on 34th: street, 
N. Y., in , 'the Governor's Son.* This 
I musical comedy was 100% written 
I by himself, words', music and libretto, 
and he solo starred. Before that he 
' was part of the Four Cohans. 

Ethel Bariymore's 40th anniver- 
sary was made a national observance 



m 



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MISCELLANY 



Wednesday, February 12, 1941 



15 Best Sheet Music 




(Week ending Feb. 8, 1.941) 



» • • • • *, 4 1 • t •:* 



I Hear a Rhapsody. 

Frenesi- ...v. .'..-:; . .. ... . . . . ..'.. 

It All domes Back to Me Now. . . . 

You Walked By.....; , 

High on a" Windy Hill . . « i . . . ... /... 

There'll Be Some Changes Made... 

So You're the One, •>..,. . . 

tonight .(PerfldiaX . . ;.,:X. i ..' . . .v.. 

May I .Never : Lb.ye AgainV.,., , .-. ... ^ 

Lef s Dream This One Out; . ; 

1 Give You My Word... ; ..V; , 
•Last Time I' Saw Pari;.. ':. iW, 
•God Bless America; 
♦America I Love You; 

There. 1 Go:., ..' 



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...... BMI 

,..;/; Southern' 
......BMI 

, BMI 

bmi 

........Marks 

BMI 

Southern 
........BMI 

BMI ■■; 
,-......'.BMi ; 

.',.. . j,.:.Chappell, 
. ..Berlin 
. ... -r."..- Mills 
BMI. 



Only, song aelUis from the ASCAP catalog 




Get Oot Sarong, Ddttie 



. Holly wood,- Feb. 11. 
Al Santell gets the director assign- 
ment on 'Aloma of the South Seas,' 
A. M. Botslord production at Para- 
mount. ; • ,:/■• 
■. Dorothy : Lamou r and Jon Hall 
team up ■ rpmantically, with Lyhne 
Overman and: Esther Fernandas ih 
featured 'Spots. ..';,-/ ■'•■■.''. '- 



■ Miami, Feb,: 'll.../ 
It would require the services of a 
crystal gazer to predict with . any 
authority whether current clamp- 
down on gambling operations - here 
will have, any noticeable effect on 
bia» generally. Few of the local 
operators are taking current • raids 

very seriously. . 

Members of the local syndicate, 
are optimistic over their chances to 
continue operating, and opinltfn is 
that .officials do not have any inten- 
tion, of ordering a complete suspen- 
sion of activity. Their confidence is 
■ substantiated „by highly publicized 
re-opehing of the gaming rooms in 
the Royal Palm Friday /night . (7); 
JDuririg . the raid - early . last weiek . at 
. this spot, constabulary- took such 
care to avoid scratching: the ' tables 
and equipment that it. was face- 
tiously suggested that the sheriffs 
office might profitably operate « a 
moving business on the side.- 

Meanwhile; in adjoining Broward 
county, enforcement officers ' have 
CGbniiriued on, page' 38) 

HARRIS, SHUMLIN INSURE 
STARS AGAINST ILLNESS 



in 



Gertrude Lawrence, starring 
•Lady in the Dark,'. Alyin, N. Y., is 
being insured against illness' by Sam 
H. Harris, show's producer. ;Sprae 
details of the policy are still to be 
worked out,, but the main provisions 
are that the manager is to receive 
$1,500 for. each performance she 
misses because of ill health; Should 
'Lady' be forced to close for that 
reason,, then the insurance company 
is to pay $100,000. 

Herman Shumlin, ^ producer of 
The Corn Is Green,' Rational, N:; Y., 
Is understood to have taken similar, 
protective measures with respect to 
Ethel Barrymore, starred in that 
show. Both shows are playing to- 
standing room at all performances. 
Cost of the policies is made part of 
the production expense. 



Peter Holden to Shottfe 
'Tween Divorced Parents 



Nyack, Feb. 11. 
Peter HoWen; child star at 'On 
Borrowed • Time' in both its stage 
and screen versions/ will, divide his 
time between his. mother and father 
by terms of an agreement reached 
here yesterday (Mon.) after an un- 
contested divorce hearing before Su- 
preme Court . Justice. Gerald Nolan 
at New City. - '•■ : . . '-. 

'1Vith.';re^ect ; -'to>ihe\:''p'6sslbiie: fu-^ 
ture employment of the boy in films,, 
radio ;or plays,- the agreement/an- 
nounced by the parents provides 
that any contracts need be sighed 
only by the childls- : mother, except 
that the mother is to sign no such 
contract unless it is approved in 
writing by the' father. . One-third of : 
the income derived from such em- 
ployment, it is provided, is to be 
deposited in a trust fund of which 
"both '.parents .' ; are to be. trustees. 
Peter , and his brother will receive 
this money when they- reach 21. ' 

Parents of .the boy, whose real 
name is Peter Holden Parkhurst, 
are Mr. and Mrs. Winthrpp Park- 
hurst. The agreement was made 
part of the interlocutory decree of 
divorce granted Parkhurst against 



Just Showing Off 



JVri early ' spring seems likely. ' 
^ This .is the only explanation /the . 

Variety staff ; can offer for. a . 
..■story originating with one .of. its 

reporters this past week which. 

contained the word 'empyrean.': 
• Blowing the dust off the office 

dictionary, it: turn's out that it's a 

word that's very rare, in ... fact . 
; classical/ Only Dahte and John 

Milton have been known to use 
. it. And how Variety and in the 

story about. b;o. being boff. on 

B' way. ■/' 

r Years ago another Variety / 
mugg tried to slip - through . 
'pleonasm.' Sime wrote an edi- 
vtorial about that phenomenon. 



GEORGE MURPHY'S POP 
AS CINEMATIC HERO 



Hollywood, Feb. 11. 

Life story: of Mike- -Murphyi. .track 
coach at various times for Yale, 
Pennsylvania and Olympic teams; : is 
about to be .screened in a cavalcade 
of .amateur athletics, based on rnate- 
rial furnished by his son George. 
Murphy ', featured player at Metro: 

Pennsylvania U. is honoring the 
Murphy name and fame at the dedi- 
cation of its new Athletic Field Bldg. - 
May 10. 



an 



Stirs FTP Revival Talk 



Hollywood, Feb, 11. 
Mrs. Hallie Flanagan, who headed 
the Federal Theatre Project before it 
was junked by Congress more than 
a year ago, is spending a few days 
here, having arrived last week from 
the east. 

Speculation over Mrs. Flanagan's 
Visit has been aroused, as there has 
been quite a little talk: hereabouts 
over reviving the FTP for the pur- 
pose of providing entertainment for 
youths called for compulsory train- 
ing, V •■ ' 



Bob Leonard's 18th Year 

. Hollywood, Febi 11. 
Robert Z, Leonard starts his 18th 
year on. the Metro lot with a new 
producer-director contract. He draws 
'Two Women' as his next assignment;. 
■ . Choice for femlrie pair will . fall 
among Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, 
Myrna Loy and Hedy Lamarr. 



In the Glen of H'wood 
Coin for Glenn Millet 
-And Glen Gray's Bands 



'•..,-,- Hollywood. Feb. 11. 
; Glenn Miller arid Glen . Gray's 
Casa Lomans will cut themselves a 
slice .of picture . /coin 'being passed 
around to: name bands;' Miller checks 
in at . 20th-Fox Feb. 24 for !the 
Great American : Broadcast' and ,the 
Casa Lomans are set for 'Show Busi- 
ness' at Columbia and' a short at 
Warners. 

Miller's crew will do a few one- 
nighters after the- picture is finished 
so as v to be available . for retakes or 
added . scenes. Gray is . currently at 
the Palladium dancery. . -'. 



HENRY ARMSTRONG 
AS A BANDLEADER 



. There are two plans for the forma- 
tion of an orchestra tinder the direc- 
tion: Of boxer Henry Armstrong, who. 
recently revealed he would give up 
the ring to become a bandleader. 
One, which might, be tried under the 
direction of Joe Glaser, manager of 
Louis Armstrong, Andy Kirk, et J al'., 
is to put the battler' in front of. an 
organized band and send him out on 
a week or two of bookings to 'test the 
reaction; . 
. Second would plant him in front of 
a band tailored for him alone and 
lay out .an extensive route. First 
idea is to determine whether Arm- 
strong as a leader would be good for 
only one swing around a, circuit. as. a 
:Cohtinued on~$a'ge 18) 



mm 

By Actress Over Burns 



Suit of Erin O'Brien-Moore against 
Jack. Lyons, -in whose cafe she was 
critically burned. after, the premiere 
of -The ■ American Way,*: Center, N.Y., 
Jan. 21, 1939, terminated for the time 
being when the jury could hot agree 
last week. It* was testified that 
Lyons, seated at Miss Moore's table, 
discarded a burning, match which 
ignited the actress' evening gown. 
He admitted being at the table, but 
denied negligence, alleging the blaze 
.started under the table/ / 

Justice Peter J. Scnmuck. sitting 
in N. Y. supreme court, dismissed the 
jury after it had deliberated but two 
and one-half hours. Jury, disagreed 
as to the cause of the fire and did 
not reach the matter of damages. 
Understood that eight on the jury 
favored Miss Moore, four dissenting. 
In New York *10 out of 12 may arrive 
at a verdict in. a civil suit. 

No date for a new trial has . been 
set,, but it will probably be heard 
next rrionth. - :'V 



SAILINGS 

Feb. 14 (San Francisco, to Hono- 
lulu) Beii Fish (Matsonia). ' 

Feb. 8 (New York to Rio de 
Janeiro) ' lyir. and . Mrs/ Clifford V C/ 
Fischer, Sol : Shapiro (Brazil) . 
'. Feb. 8 " (Los . Angeles to Honolulu) 
S. Charles Einfeld . (Lurline) 






Marvin in L. A. —r- While Golumhiit Seeks 
Arpund Screen Guild's Verbotem 



/••/' Hollywood, Feb. 11. 
Dick Mar viri, radio director of the 
William - Esly agency, has come . on 
from New York either to wind up 

or washup the deal' : with Louella 
Parsons, film:' gossip columnist, for 
Lifebuoy, Marvin has expressed him- 
self as confident of ; consummating, 
the oontract, providing Miss Parsons 
is successful in squaring herself with 
the Screen Actors Guild, which has 
ruled against the proposed Lifebuoy 
setnn. ■ Th» Q*1H chared that the 



program would serve to depress the 
salaries . of guest stars > since they 
would; be- compensated fractionally 
by the studios instead of the' sponsor 
meeting their full price. . 

Understood that the columnist . will 
go to. the mat with the studios if 
they; don't : stick w}th her : on the 
Lifebuoy proposition while they con- 
tinue to supply talent gratis : to the 
Kate Smith-General Foods program.. 
Her particular target would be Para- 
mount which is working out a five- 
pictiire deal with the Smith show. 



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i THE BERLE-ING : POBVf \ 

By Milton Berle 



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Miami Beach, Feb. il. 

The weather here this past week has been lovely. It was so warm the 
other day that you could go out Without an overcoat. . 

My mother is .the/belie of the beach; It .isn't everybody that has a mink 
bathing suit. ! . > . '-'.'i 

A practical Florida manufacturer, who wasn't going to let the weather 
hurt; his business, is making a com.binatibn suntah oil, furniture polish and 
pancake syrup. ';.- '. .' 

Art Cnilders renewed Abe Lyman's contract at the Royal Palms, but 
there was a clause in the contract which said that Childeirs didn't have to 
smoke any of Lyman's cigars. . 

Joe E. Lewis has a one-track mind— Hialeah. ; : 
. ,-A restaurant near the/Raleigh hotel has a sign: 'Not; responsible for lost 
articles or indigestion.' . 

Definition of a Florida bathing suit: Two bandannas arid a p/ayer. : 

Broadway Dept. 

They finally located my. uncle, who has been missing for two weeks. He 
was in the lobby of the Fulton theatre trying to buy tickets for 'Arsenic 
and Old Lace,' - ' • "' . -v'.; ."./]/. 

Ethel Barrymore celebrated her 40th anniversary In the theatre. (I've, 
got jokes older than that.) ■■ , 

\ The hight clubs in. New'York are so quiet that George White/is ^^ ^oing ali- 
bis fighting at: his own place. : ■■: • .: '•'■' '■ ' '•■■•/'• ■■'■•■: 
i A recent new play on Broadway closed after three'performances, because 
of bad language — by the critics. 

. Fiist time in four years I will miss the. N. Y. Press Photographers Ball 
at the Astor. and only a Florida job could keep me away. However, some, 
of my ihateriai will be: there in the forth of other comedians. / ■ 

; Broad way Rose is now ' a photographer's model. , She was signed' as the. 
'Before' in a .'Before and 'After Using Our Shaipppo' ad v 

Holly woodiana - 

.; Hear that Ben Bernie is getting absent-minded. .He Went to a theatre 
the other day and put his toupee under the seat; /;. 

The weather: was so' cold one day in Holly wood that when soniebbdy gave 
Billy Gilbert a hot foot it turned into; an. icicle'. ; . 

" Bing Crosby now supplies his jockeys : with flashlights so his horses can. 
come in after dark. , . ' \\ : ' .■'.'. ...•■ ■ ■ :■:' 

Cesar Romero writes that the safest way for a pedestrian to cross Holly- 
wood Blvd., js by airplane. ' • ',..-•- . 

A certain producer brags about the fact. .that he came to this country 
without a. dime in his pocket — and now he owes more than $50,000.' : : 
• Sbmebbdy is spreading a false rumor that the California weather ° fore- 
casters are going to hold a convention in Florida this year. . 

Musip Dept. 

Do you think BMI songs will bring back Mustache Cups? 

With the song lads talking letters like MPPA, PMMA/ ASCAP, BMI and 
SESAC, you can't tell whether they're speaking about the music business or 
Government projects. •.;'... 

Bernie Poilack wanted to know the least expensive way to gb to. Florida. 
Another song publisher's lad toid him: 'You're so skinny that if you walk 
into the train sideways the conductor will hever know you're there.' , 

Radio Dept. 

Toscanini is leaving NBC \6 direct the New; 'York Philharmoriic and the 
Metropolitan opera. What's he got against BMI^' - . . . 

Jerry Colonna calls himself 'the perpetual quiz program.' Every time 
he meets people the first question they ask is: 'Is your mustache true or 
false?* : V. ./''-/V . -:-. ; -. .:'■ . 

'■ A bandleader friend of mine went to the doctor, complaining that he had 
horrible nightmares; Every night, he said,.he dreamed of Jeannie with the 
light brown hair. -r.-; ' '.^ './.'•. ;i- • - " 

. Hangnail .Descriptions 
. Deanna biirbiri: Vaughn to be Loved. Edgar Bergen: The Lumber King. 
Phil Harris: .Benny sent me. John Barrymore: An ad for black; coffee. 
W. C. Fields; A spot light with legs. Walter Winchell: Uncle Sam's No. 1 
Vigilante. ' ; 

Observation Dept. 

I've been doing so much traveling in the last few months that I've been, 
elected ah honorary gypsy. .. . . . 

Went to the races yesterday." When I got there I: felt like a'rnillion. When 
I left I felt like 2c. . ;'.,': 

Eavesdropped at Mother Kelly's: 'She's so fat she outnumbers herself two 
to one.' ■'■.„'.'.". '. ■- ' 

Eavesdropped at. Club Bali: 'They're celebrating their tin anniversary- 
five years of eating out of cans.' 

. A society girl I know has been thrown out of so many night clubs that 
she's hired an adagio dancer to stand outside arid catch her. . 

.Other people get a run for their money when they, bet on a horse; The 
best I get is a walk. 

Whatever Became of— ^7 ?? ? 
Myers, and Hanford Ruiz and Bonita 

Mabel and Dora Ford Bert Errol 

Burns and Frabito Sterling Saxophone Four 

Afterpiece. 

Got the surprise of my life— rmet a guy down here that didn't build a 
new hotel on Miami Beach! ; 

Danny Kay e's Discs 

Comedian Danny Kaye has been 
signed by Columbia Records for one 
year to record songs and comedy se- 
quences in his repertoire/ He begins 
recording his stuff this week. It will 
be released the 50c Colurnbia 
label. . . ' '; •■■' 

.Kaye is currently' doubling from a- 
spot in the. Broadway hit -Lady in 
the Dark' to the floor show ..at the 
La Martinique: He may record some 
Of the songs from 'Lady.' 



. L A. to N Y. 

Milton Ager. - . . 

Ben Bernie. . 

George Burroughs. 

Lee Cooley. ■ 

Howard. Dietz. 
; Arthur de Stefano. 

Monroe Greenthal. 

Tom Harrington. 

Jack Hively. ^ 

W. Ray Johnston. 
. Guy Kibbee. 

Harry Link. 

Holiis-Moyse. 

Oscar Oldkriow, 

Steve Pallos; 

Joe Perry. 

Jack Runybn. : 

Johnny Rine. 

Louis Ruthstein. 

Donald Saxon. 

C. W, Smith. 

Eleanor Smith. 

Harry Ward. , 



Cohan, Buck Will Be 
Un-Masqned in H' 



: Hollywood, Feb. 11. ■, 
' George M. Cohan and Gene Buck 
will be guests of honor at a testi- 
rilonial dinner at the Masquers club 
Feb. 23.. A similar show was thrown 
fb,r Cohan the last time ;he was In 
Hollywood, five years ago: ; 

William; Collier, ^ Sr., '.-will- be, toast-' 
master and Edward Earle has charge: 
Of arrangements.- , ;. 



N. V. to L. A. 

Jane Broder/ 

Janis Carter. - - 
! Kyle Crichtpn. . : . 

Lynn Farnol. 

Michael Fessier. 

Glbnn Ford. . : ':■ 

Jack Forrester. 

A 1 Goldsmith.. 

yiceh.te Gomez. -'. 

Lelahd Hayward. : - ... 

Jean Hershblt. !■ 
' Mrs. Boris Karloff. 

Wolfe Kaufman., 

Dorothy Kay. : 

James Mulvey. 

Ona Munson. 
. Herman Shumlin. • 

Arthur Ungaf . 

John C. Wilson. 

Herbert J. Yates. 



Wednesday, February 12, 1941 



MISCELLANY 8 









With ASCAF publishing houses holding back tunes, until the radio 
Situation rights itself, end the recording companies reaping an extra; 
heavy harvest; the. music trade sees a good chance for. fllmusicals to 
assert themselves. That is, if the theory works out that the public 
wiil become hungry for neW musical divertissement. 

As it is, the "diskers are holding back a bit in waxing Broadway 
production tunes, but they're issuing quite a few film songs, current 
and old; ditto remakes of standards like 'Tea for Two,' etc. X 

The trade wonders what will happen when the supply starts to 
wear thin, although It's expected that the present Washington huddles' 
with ASCAP will hasten an amelioration of the situation. ; ; , 




*eslie Henson Started Pro- 
vincial ..Trend in Manches- 
ter With 'Crusoe* Panto- 
mime, Theatres Elsewhere 
Following S li it~ Setup 
Mulled for London 



Revive Tales of His Last Encounter 



. Reporls. that Leopold Stokowskl 
will be one of the name .guest con- 
ductors with',th> N. Y. Philharmonic- 
Symphony orchestra for its . ceriten^ 
Sry celebration next : season have 
caused : lively speculation In concert 
circles;- Accepted belief has been 
that Stoki. couldn't return to direct 
the Philharmonic because of the ill- 
feeling resulting from hit last ap-<; 
pearahce . with . the group some years 
ago. : ' 

: Bitter quarrel between the . conduc- 
tor and : musicians was minor,; 
though intense, scandal : In musical 

: circles at •'that .time; -,- There w6re 
various stinging accusations by both 
sides, and it ' Was : openly predicted 
that if Stoki ever attempted to return 
to the: Philharmonic the men of the 
orchestra would 'chase him off the 
podium.' Claiming that he was abu- 
sive and unjust, the musicians . were 
reported to have Warned the man- 
agement that. :' they would never 
again play for the blonde maestro. : 

.-. Stoki, on the other hand, Said 
privately at 'the time that he found 
the Philharmonic members urire- 
( Continued on page 38) 

Selziuck Wants To 
Do Pic on England 
In the War Today 

Although set to go Into production 
shortly on 'Jane Eyre,' David 6. 
Selzhick is apparently determined to 
do a film , on England in the war in 

. the near future. He has been regis- 
tering numerous titles with this slant 
for the past four months. . 

Latest are 'There'll Always Be an 
England' and 'War Eagles.' He had 
previously laid claim . to 'Beaches of 
Dunkirk' and several variations. He 
has also staked out 'Aaron Burr.' 

20th-Fox is apparently likewise in 
terested in the Dunkirk theme. It 
has asked priority on 'A Yank at 
: Dunkirk' as well as 'A Yank jn the 
RAF.' LoeW-Lewin are : holding 
Royal Air, Force,' while Walter 
Wanger has 'Royal Air Force Squad- 
ron.' Wanger, incidentally has also 
responded to the urge of rhurnba- 
land, roping off 'Jimmy Angel's Ad- 
ventures in Lafiri America' and 'Pari 
American Clipper.' 

... On the war 'theme* Paramount 
holds the , title 'Bomb Sight' and 'His 

. Number's. Up';. Warner Bros.;, 'Bomb 
Shelter'; RKO, 'Parachute; Invasion'; 
Columbia* .'Submarine Zone' and 
"Running the Blockade.' 



FLOCK OF UNIVERSAL 
PRODUCERS ON B'WAY 



;..'.- Flock of Universal production em 
ployes poured into New. York over 
the weekend for a gander at the 
legiters, .talks with home of flee execs 
.and vacations. 

They i nc i U( je Milton Feld, - exec 
producer; George . . Marshall, free- 
lance director, who's set to handle 
tne meg on a couple of U films; 
Frank ShaW, assistant, director; 
Bruce Manning, producer and Writer, 
and Felix Jackson, writer; Last two 
came to. New York from Miami, 
where ..they attended the 'Back 
f treej/ preem; Others came in from 
the Coast; ■" 



That Ole Debbil Pnim 



Detroit, Feb. 11. 

America is jungle at heart 
when it comes to music, accord- 
ing to Ruth St. Denis, the inter- 
pretative dancer, in a talk here. 

'America is. under What I call 
the Tyranny of ;,the Drum,' the 
dancer said. 'America iff rhyth- 
mic but riot musical.' 









The Broadway Association is lay 
ing plans to put teeth into a cam 
paigri, on . which discussions were 
hejd last summer but nothing . done/ 
to brush up the Timfes Square area 
in New York for the benefit of all 
business, including theatres, .which 
operate in the . section. 

Robert K. Christenberry, president 
of the Broadway Association, and 
managing director of the Hotel 
Astor, is taking the initiative in a 
determined move to 'clean up Broad- 
way,' and during the past week 
started huddles with business men, 
theatre managers and others whose 
cooperation is sought. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police 
Francis J. Kear has been designated 
as the downtown contact on the pro- 
posed drive to rid -the Gay White 
*•"' (Continued on page 38) 

Lois Andrews Scrams 
Boston; Drop Charges 
Against Versailles Chib 

Boston, Feb. 11 
... state 'and municipal authorities 
dropped charges against the .Ver- 
sailles Club when they , learned that 
Lois- Andrews (Mrs. George Jes; 
sel) had left for parts unknown 
Nitery faced. possible charges fot em- 
plbyirig a minor as -an entertainer In 
a place serving liquor. 

Miss Andrews'. engagement termi- 
nated suddenly Jan. .30 When an in- 
vestigation into her age was. pre- 
cipitated, by complaints allegedly 
from bluenose organizations. . . . 

George Jessel was held over three 
extra days at the Mayfair Club after 
breaking • attendance and cash rec- 
ords: made earlier this season by 
Sophie Tucker. . j . 

Like the Qid Days at U 

Hollywood, Feb. 11. 
Reminiscent of the old days is the 
roster of names oh the Universal lot. 
In the femme contingent are Mar- 
lene Dietrich, Irene Dunne, Loretta 
Young, Joan Blondell. and Kay Fran 

cis. • '■';• -"' '-. : ■' 

Brian Aherne, Robert Montgom 
ery, Roland Young, Dick Powell and 
Edward Arnold make up the male 
cluster. ; ■ 




Met Opera s 10th Week Grossed 113G, 
Net Loss $1,000; Tuminia's Click 



CURTAIN AT 10:30 A.M. 



London, Janv ; i7. . ; 
Morning business for stageshows 
is another queer development of the 
wartime road, where patronage is 
surprising managers. . Palace theatre,. 
Manchester, Innovated the a.m. start, 
comedian Leslie Hehson ringing up 
his 'Robinson Crusoe', pantomime' at 
10:30. Hehson' reports b.o. results as. 
astonishing. . ' ' ' • 

Other provincial houses, are fol- 
lowing this morning . trade lure. 
Leeds, Sheffield and Nottingham all 
indicating .pleasurable, take. Grand 
theatre," Leeds, is consequently 
abandoning three, night shows. 
. Henson has' indicated he's : mulling 
the idea for London WhenboWing 
his: 'Up ■ ah.d\ 'Doing'. ■.'.musical'- next 
month. Contacted . bh - the '.'■ .-trend; 
London managers see it as okay for 
hinterland but unlikely to fit blase 
metropolis trade .'.-.. 

As to its b.o.. boost, opinion Is 
longer daylight hours^ahead with 
summer will be all that are nec- 
essary to take care of the West End. 
Winter has taken ^a good deal of the 
edge off the air ''blitz and, there's 
improvement seen, over nightmare 
conditions of September last. Hope 
Is not confined to show business. 



Previewing Spaghetti 



Many Showmen, literati 
In United Americans/ 
New Politico Group 

Surprising proportion of the spon- 
sors of ^United Americans,' new 
national non-partisan movement re- 
cently organized -to support the for- 
eign policies of: President Roosevelt, 
even at. the cost of war, stem from 
pictures, legit, the publishing biz and 
kindred fields. 

Group, as founded by Orvlll S. 
McPherson, publisher of the Kansas 
City Journal, approve of all-out aid 
to Great Britain as a matter of na- 
tional defense arid: guarantee the 
President and. Congress 100% sup- 
port in .the event of an Ariherican 
entry, into the war- 

Listed among the sponsors of the 
new organization, which is inde- 
pendent of the 'Committee to Defend 
America by Aiding: the. Allies.! are 
s\ich ■ vatied . personalities as William 
Green, president of the- American 
Federation of Labor; Maxwell An- 
derson, the playwright;. Douglas Fair-, 
banks, ; Jr. ; ' Leo Car rillo, Tullulah 
Bankhead. : Margalo Gillmore, Victor 
Moore, OLouis Bromfteld, Lyman 
Beecher StbWe, A. J. Balabari, Car- 
veth Wellsi Rex Stout, John Farrar 
and Manchester Boddy, publisher of 
the Los Angeles News. . ; 

N.Y.U. BREVETS JOHN 
CR0MWEU/SDIRECT10N 

' John Cromwell has been named 
first recipient of an award by New 
York University for 'Exceptional 'and 
Consistent High Quality of Directo- 
rial Craftsmanship..': He's getting a 
silver cup, which is currently en 
route to Hollywood; according to Dr. 
Frederic. Mv Thrasher, . head of the 
NYU 'film ■course.- .... \ . : 
' Among. Cromwell's directorial suc- 
cesses named were 'Of Human Bond- 
age,' -Ja'lna,' 'Alijiers,' 'Abe Lincoln 
in Illinois' and The Prisoner of 
I Zenda.' 



Buitorii's, If Y„ newest eating- 
shop in Times Square, opens. : 
Thursday (13) night. It's a place 
where, for 25c as much -spaghetti 
arid coffee as one can consume 
: Will be off ered; But that doesn't- 
go ;for the preview -in the after- 
noon, where, a champagne party. . 
will be held for guests and the 
press. " '■ 

Spot is located next to the Pal- 
ace theatre, operated, by a firm; 
specializing In. American-made 
spaghetti. . 









4 



Lining— up-bandi-and-soecial at- 
tractions far In advance, as protec- 
tion .against opposition, bookers, the 
Paramount, N. Y., is set pri orchestras 
arid various - lead supporting person- 
alities through to July>4. - Theatre 
also . takes protection in numerous 
instances for a radius of 30 miles, in 
some cases preventing dates ahead of 
the Par, , others behind, up to six 
months. ''-.■'' . 

A total of 11 bands has been, 
booke'd, . .but the films with which 
they, play are not made up for more 
than two- or three ap- a time; House 
never has guaranteed any band the 
filrii that .will play With it. 

Starting with Ella Fitzgerald's 
band, directed, by -Babe Wallace, 
which opens at the N. Y. Par Wed- 
nesday. (19), others set are Tony 
Pastor, Benny Goodman, Charlie 
Barnet, Gene Krupa, Mitchell Ayres; 
Vaughn Monroe,' Will Bradley, 
Xavier Cugat, Leo Brown, Tommy 
Dorsey. " Acts already on the books 
include Ben Blue, Ella Logan, An- 
drews Sisters, Jack Leonard, the 
Ink. Spots, Red Skelton, Keriny Baker, 
Jane Fromari and Danny Kaye. In 
the case of both bands and acts, 
many have played the house before. 

Vaude Team preaches 
Good Taste' at Cal. Gov.'s 
Dinner; Pubfic Rebuke 



Sacramento, Feb. 11. 

Resolution panning couple of Holly- 
wood vaudeville entertainers for] 
'breach of good- taste' at the recent j 
dinner tossed by Gov. Culbert 'Qlso.n .1. 
her*e, has been unanimously adopted , 
By the lower house. Official; action 
was taken following' introduction of | 
the resolutiori : by . Assemblyman. Paul , 
A. Richie of San Diego, and ex- [ 
pressed the Assembly's . d isappro vai j 
of : 'raw' lines -Introduced- by two ;bf 
the entertainers brought here for the 
affair. ■ : -\ '■/.■; \ 

... Assembly's action in reprimanding . 
the Hollywood pair was taken 'as a | 
pubiic duty .'' The resolutipri, Unique, j 
in legislative circles, follows: . . , ; ). 

.'Whereas, a breach of good - taste 
occurred in connection with the en- ' 
tertainment- feature . of the . Gbv-v 
ernor's recent dinner, in Sacramento ■ 
at -which members of the Assembly j 
were among the honored guests; and 
; 'Whereas, members of: the As> , 
sembly are fully aware that this re- > 
gretable becurrerice,; precipitated , by I 
professional entertainers, did not have 
the sanction of the Governor ;:>pw, 
therefore be It 

• 'Resolved by the Assembly, That it 
herewith records, as: a public -duty, i 
its. displeasure' of such violation of 
good taste; and be it further '■■ 
. 'Resolved, that the Assembly . ex- 
press, its syrnpathy to the Governor 
; in what we must feel was a situation 
distasteful to him.* ■ ... 



The Metropolitan Opera Co. of 
N. Y. ■ plbsed .its 10th week of the \ 
season .Monday (10). with a net loss - ; 
of approximately $1,000, arid a total ; 
gross . of $113,000 including a Tues- 
day sellout performance of 'Tristan 
Uhd Isolde' in Philadelphia. This 
Was one of the Met's better weeks,, 
being topped by only . two btheri. 
during the season, -' 

As usual; one perforhiahce spoiled ' 
the week, this being 'Alceste,' Mon- 
day (10), with a gross of $8,000, or 
a loss of $4,500. . The Met has taken 
a beating with the Gluck opera hav- . 
ing dropped close, to $18,000 bh three/ 
performances, 

Monday (3), 'OteUp'-drew a $14,- 
000 house with a profit of $2,000^ the . 
name di'aws of Rethberg, Martirielll 
and ITibbett packing *em iri. 

Tuesday (4) in Philly the -house.', 
was sold but for the . Flagsted-Mel- . 
chior 'Tristah,' with a . gross of $15,- 
000. .-' .." : '...: 

Wednesday (5), 'Nozzi di Figaro,' 
drew about $10,000, a loss of $2,000. 

Thursday. (6), 'Tannhauser,' failed", 
to draw even with Flagsted and Mel- 
chior and grossed $11,000, with a 
loss of $2,000. Vox pop seems to 
recognize the fact that the Nor- 
(Coritinued on page 38) 



CONNIE NICKERS0N 
NEARLY RECOVERED 



Hollywood, Feb. 11. 
Connie Niekerson, actress-wife of 
film actor Eddie Bracken,, is nearly 
recovered from injuries received Jn 
an automobile accident last Novem- 
ber; She is rio\y able to sit up in 
bed and occasionally stand for short 
intervals.- Doctors expect to let her 
begin Walking again Within a /week 
or two. 

Actress suffered a fractured pelvis 
and other injuries When, the car in 
which she and Bracken were driving 
was; forced off the road. Bracken 
had just finished a picture arid they 
were on their way east. They hope 
to visit New York when Bracken 
completes his current film, 'Caught in 
the Draft,' with Bob Hope, at Par- 
amount. 




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Exploitation, ^v. 
Film Reviews. . 
House. Reviews. 
Inaide-^Legit 
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Literati-.: > ....... . ; . ... , *; , . . ; . : 41 

Legitimate ............. ... 42 

IMiisic 4 • ••*•••••••«••••••**. 32 

New Acts ! '. ; . . . .>. . ^ , . Zl'<- 

Night Clubs. .;.'•. ,;.... ...'...'; ...-3(; 

Nig^'t" Club Reviews:. . ; . , . , . 3C 
Obituary . . , ..... ; ; . 40 

Pictures / <l 
Radio- .......i:.;;..^.. 20' 

Radio Markets. ... » . . ... . . '30 

Radio Reviews. . . , . . k . , 29 
Unit Reviews. . ;. 41 
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PICTURES 



Wednesday) Febniury 12, 1941 



De Sylva s Yen to Continue as Pix 

Figured in His Par Deal 




B. G* (Buddy) de Sylva, ■whose 
appointment as production head ; at 
Paramount came as a surprise to 
both Broadway and Hollywood Jast 
week, will- devote his entire time to 
his:new chort,. it is;. understood.-. Al* 
though his hew', contract is said to 
allow; him timet to return to Broad- 
way to. prepare further musicals 
whenever he chooses, Jt . is reported 
he 'will produce i several fllms onVhis 
own as well ias- supervise all picture- 
making On the lot, which will permit, 
him little free time, ; ' ■'■'■■■■'•.'' 

De Sylva, ever since making 'Bach-: 
elor Mother' for RKO, is known to 
have had a. hankering to continue pic 
work. In between the RKO job and 
his current chore on Par's •Caught in 
the Draff,' he had returned to Broad- 
way to produce musicals, 'Da Barry 
Was a Lady,' 'Louisiana Purchase* 
and 'Panama Hattie' being three hits 
in a row. . , , : 

Henry Ginsberg, Par studio head, 
was aware, of DeSylva's film yen and 
induced the, producer to accept a 
deal for a. limited number of pictures 
over a three-year period. . When 
. DeSylVa came , into the -fold, Y. Frank 
Freeman, v.p. in charge of produc- 
tion, became enthused over his pic- 
ture-making ideas :and, inasmuch as. 
he ."; had several Broadway shows 
which Hollywood had not yet ie- 
quired; felt it would be a smart thing 
to cement relations by planning to 
make him top exec if William Le- 
Baron decided to abdicate. . . 
LeBaron Indifferent 

LeBaron, who holds the title of 
managing director of production, has 
Wanted to resign for several;, years. 
He has been indifferent every time 
his option has come up, and the com- 
pany has virtually foisted . renewals 

/on him. . 'His contract, which he was 
willing to. forget, is up in April, when 
he steps out. It calls for $3,000 week- 
ly, but the producer is independent- 
ly wealthy and prefers to follow his 
own desires. '■■ 

LeBaron has long wanted to hold 
the throttle on. his own- production 
unit, making a couple of pictures a 

. year, preferably musicals. It's likely 
that he'll go to Metro under an indie 
arrangement, as offers from .. that 
plant, about a month ago have, been 
followed by lengthy negotiations. 
About 1.8 months ago there was. a 
plan for him to head a group of in- 
dependents working out a release at 
' United Artists, but the deal 'blo w up. 
Starting with the old Hearst Cos- 
mopolitan outfit, LeBaron later took 

'over Par's Long Island production. 
From there he went to FBO and then 
assumed charge of RKQ's plant. 



U. CORP.'S FINE 

mm net 



Universal Corp., parent company 
of Universal Pictures and other 
subsidiaries, mailed its security 
holders this week a statement show- 
ing , consolidated net profit of ' $2,- 
232,805, after all charges including 
income taxes and dividend require- 
ments on the outstanding first pre- 
ferred stock . of ; . Universal Pictures 
Co., Inc., for the 'fiscal year ended 
last Nov. 2. This' compares with a 
net. consolidated profit of $999,110 
in the preceding year or an increase 
of 123%; . •• 

Universal Corp. net Is; $157,967 
less than that shown by Universal 
Pictures,' the principal and operating 
subsid, which, two -weeks ago, re- 
ported $2,390,772. Providing for 
divvy requirements on the out- 
standing first preferred iriake up a 
large portion of this difference. Uni- 
versal Corp, statement : showed that 
deficit carried. in its profit and loss 
statement had been reduced from 
$2,802,103 as of Oct. 28, 1939, to 
$553,039 on Nov. 2 last year. 



LeBaron and Mayer 
Talking M-G Contract 

. v Hollywood, Feb. 11, ; 
. .Negotiations are continuing ; at 
Metro : between: L. B; Mayer and 
William LeBaron on a deal for the 
recent Paramount executive pro- 
ducer to head his own production 
unit, \>':;] ; . - ; 

LeBaron has a similar arrange- 
ment under consideration at Par- 
amount. : 



WB Execs Defer Trip 



Trek to Coast, of Warner Bros, 
home office, executives headed by 
1 Grad. Sears, Sam Schneider and Mort 
Blumenstbck, - originally scheduled 
for early this month; has been post- 
poned until March 8. 
. • New ;York .Warner officials will 
huddle on product for remainder, of 
1940-41 season, and go over details 
concerned with "distribution of top 
pictures! ; 




,',' Trial of the Department of . Jusv 
tice's antiTtrust suit against Colum- 
bia, United Artists and Universal, 
Which the Government .confidently 
expected to get un